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good morning. historic win. wisconsin's republican governor becomes the nation's first to survive a recall vote. is it a sign of things to come for president obama? was it rigged? the reigning miss pennsylvania usa resigns claiming sunday's miss usa competition was fixed. pageant officials say it's not true and she has an ax to grind. and she's engaged. 19-year-old miley cyrus is getting married to her boyfriend, according to "people" magazine. we'll tell you what her parents are saying about the big news "today," wednesday, june 6th, are saying about the big news "today," wednesday, june 6th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
and welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt, in for matt, who's on assignment. "people" magazine just breaking that news a little while ago about miley cyrus. and congratulations to the happy couple. >> exactly right. it's a big surprise to her fans, and despite her young age, her parents are said to be thrilled. and this news is being broken as we speak. we'll have more details on this coming up a little bit later. and also ahead this morning we have some important news which is about this recall victory for wisconsin's republican governor scott walker. the results will raise his national profile and could have implications on november's presidential race. we're going to get into that as well coming up this morning lester. >> also what appears to be a gruesome new twist on a murder case that triggered an international manhunt, after two packages were delivered to schools. the suspect is now behind bars in berlin, germany, and extradition proceedings are
officially under way. we'll go there live for the latest. we're going to have also this morning the heartbreaking story of a person you may know about. we met him three years ago when he appeared in a documentary called the 650 pound virgin. at the time he had lost more than 400 pounds. well, now he's gained most of it back. and he fears his battle with weight is going to kill him. he's going to share his story in exclusive, and also as you can see, very emotional interview. >> i was surprised to see those pictures. but no one is more disappointed than he is. we'll hear from him shortly. and later jane fonda will be here to tell us about her new movie. >> that's right. it's a really fun movie. look how beautiful she looks as well. we're going to try to get her to share her secrets. meantime, let's begin with this recall election in wisconsin. and the potential impact on the presidential race. nbc's peter alexander is joining us from washington with this story. hey, peter, good morning. >> ann, good morning to you. wisconsin's governor scott walker, as you noted, made history, becoming the first governor to defeat a recall election. and he did it by a stunning
seven points. and wisconsin's battle may rethreat the country's increasingly polarizing political landscape it may also send a message about the mood of voters with exactly five months to go before november's presidential election. >> tonight we tell wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions. >> reporter: after surviving wisconsin's fiercely contested recall, with a wider than expected win, the state's republican governor, scott walker, vowed to bring both democratic and republican members of the legislature together, in a uniquely wisconsin way. >> and what better way to bring people together than to invite them over for some brats and some burgers, right? >> reporter: the victory earned walker a hero of the tea party movement and a rising star among republicans the right to finish his term. it's also an endorsement of his effort to vigorously cut state
spending, continue his aggressive stance toward unions. his challenger, milwaukee democratic mayor tom barrett had hoped to ride a wave of union support and reverse the governor's policy. >> we are a state that has been deeply divided. and it is up to all of us, our side and their side, to listen. to listen to each other. and to try to do what's right for everyone in this state. >> reporter: but after his remarks, barrett appeared to be slapped by a woman in the crowd. late tuesday, mitt romney praised walker's win, insisting in a statement, voters said no to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and yes to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. suggesting the results will echo beyond the borders of wisconsin. president obama was conspicuously absent throughout the state's campaign. >> i think that the democrats there understand that the president's no-show represents the fact that obama's goose is cooked. >> reporter: still, exit polls
showed a complex picture with many who voted for walker also saying they support president obama. who maintains a narrow advantage over romney in the traditionally democratic state. during a campaign swing through texas, he again attacked the president for being in over his head on the economy. >> kind of surprising to me that the president has chosen as his campaign slogan, forward. forward over a cliff? >> reporter: and analysts say wisconsin's decisive outcome could encourage other governors to get tough with unions. but it may also embolden super pacs to keep spending, get this a record shattering $64 million went into the wisconsin race. a whole lot of it from conservative out-of-state groups that supported walker. that means especially if you live in places like florida, virginia, and ohio, ann, you can get ready to be come barded by a lot more political ads between now and november. >> very interesting. all right, peter alexander, thank you for your reporting. it is now 7:05. here's lester. >> all right, thanks. human remains mailed to two
schools in canada are now being tested to determine if they're connected to a grisly murder there. this, as the suspect in the case waits in a german prison for extradition. following a ten-day international manhunt. nbc's michelle kosinski is in berlin now with the latest for us. michelle, good morning. >> good morning, lester. luka magnotta is here in jail. police say he seems to have been enjoying the attention. now this case may have grown even more stomach-turningly awful, as it has been from the beginning, with two more deliveries of body parts. through the mail. one day after luka magnotta was spotted and arrested at the berlin internet cafe, where police say he was looking at news stories about himself for hours, authorities back in canada tuesday night announced still more grisly discoveries. >> the first package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by staff at falls creek elementary school after 1:00 p.m. today.
another package containing what appeared to be a human foot was found by staff at st. george's school later this afternoon. >> reporter: those remains are being tested to see if they are connected to magnotta's case. he now waits in a berlin prison for extradition. accused of viciously murdering, dismember, abusing and possibly cannibalizing june lin, a 33-year-old chinese student he had dated in montreal. he posted video of these crimes online. then mailed some of the victim's body parts to the canadian prime minister's offices and the opposition party. they say he flew to paris, took in the night life, then a bus to berlin. when police caught up with him they say he gave false names, then conceded, you got me. for years magnotta has posted rambling blogs and photos of himself. he auditioned for a reality show. >> it's very difficult -- >> reporter: was interviewed about working in gay porn films and as an escort. >> he wants to keep a spotlight shining on him, even in the face
of this grisly, offense that he's alleged to have committed. that's why he's not fighting extradition. he wants to come back, he wants that attention to continue. >> reporter: last year in london, newspaper reporters confronted magnotta about videos police believe he posted of himself killing animals. they think he then sent them an e-mail saying once you kill and taste blood it's impossible to stop. today investigators are looking at cold cases to see if this man of many faces has more in his past than he's already revealed. investigators say magnotta has been online while he's been on the run and there have been a number of eerie postings that may have been made by magnotta himself. police said he told them he would not challenge extradition to canada, which they're working on as we speak, and could take up to two weeks. lester? >> awful story. michelle kosinski, thank you. once again here's ann. >> all right, lester, thank you. day two of jury selection in the child sex abuse scandal
involving former penn state coach football coach jerry sandusky is being held today. this as we learn about letters that sandusky sent to one of his agoed victims. nbc's national investigative correspondent michelle isikoff is in bellfont, pennsylvania. >> good morning, ann. for more than six months, pennsylvania prosecutors have been methodically building their case. the former penn state coach jerry sandusky repeatedly abused young boys over a 15-year period dating back to the mid 1990s, and they're now prepared to open their case with some dramatic new evidence. but sandusky is aggressively fighting the charges, and as jury selection began here on tuesday, some legal analysts say it could be more difficult for prosecutors to prove their case in court than many initially thought. jerry sandusky arrived in court early tuesday and quickly showed he planned to play an active role in his case. when his lawyer tried to strike one of the jurors on the grounds her husband had ties to a
potential witness sandusky overruled him. i think she would be fair, he said. a source familiar with the evidence tells nbc news that prosecutors plan to open their case by reading what was described as bizarre letters between sandusky and a young man, known as victim 4, he allegedly abused more than 50 times as a minor. the letters will be used to bolster charges by a grand jury that sandusky used guilt and bribery to maintain a relationship with victim 4, giving him nike shoes and other gifts, including money to smoke marijuana. the lawyer for victim 4 says his client is relieved to finally tell his story. >> i think right now, he's extremely anxious in a sense that he wants to put this terrible chapter of his life behind him. but emotionally, it's extremely difficult. >> reporter: but sandusky's lawyer, amendola, has hired private investigators to dig into the accuser's past and plans to attack their credibility. suggesting some were colluding in hopes of a payday.
>> what greater motivation could there be than money? >> reporter: the victims had sought to keep their names from being made public in court, asking through their lawyers that they only be identified by pseudonyms. the judge refused. arguably, any victim of any crime would prefer not to appear in court, not to be subjected to cross-examination, the judge wrote. but we ask citizens to do that every day. and the state's case could be facing other problems. two of the alleged victims have never been found, including the boy who was allegedly seen being abused in a locker room shower more than a decade ago by former assistant coach mike mcqueary. but prosecutors hope the gripping accounts by the alleged victims will sway the jury. >> there are eight witnesses who will come forward and say, this happened to me. now, you could discount one, maybe two of these, but eight people is going to be very hard for the defense to explain. >> giving the large role that penn state and football plays in this community, many thought it would be difficult to pick a
jury. but judge cleland quickly moved through the jury selection process on tuesday, already choosing nine of the twelve jurors, and four alternates needed for the case to proceed. opening statements in which both sides lay out their case are now slated to begin on monday. ann? >> all right. michael isikoff reporting this morning. michael, thank you so much. >> now let's get a check of the mornings's other top stories from natalie morales at the news desk. >> good morning to you lester and ann. good morning, everyone. u.s. officials are calling the death of al qaeda's top strategist one of the biggest blows to the terror network since the death of osama bin laden last year. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski has the latest. mik, good morning. >> good morning. natalie, it's certainly the most significant hit against al qaeda's central there in pakistan since bin laden's death. the target was al qaeda's number two in command, abu yahya al libi. he was killed this week in a cia drone attack on his hideout there in pakistan. u.s. officials call al libi one of al qaeda's most experienced
leaders, and, in fact, the top propagandist, issuing a number of issuing a number of videos recently in which he called for attacks on o the u.s. some u.s. officials are predicting this could be the death blow for al qaeda. there's nobody prepared to step in and take al libbi's place. counterterrorism officials warm that larger al qaeda is far from dead. that the most serious terrorist threat against the u.s. comes from al qaeda in yemen. and their master bomb maker, ieb rah ham al that sir i who tried three times to blow up airlines over america, natalie. >> thank you, jim. senate republicans have knocked down a bill that would have mandated equal pay for women in the workplace. president obama and democratic leaders say people need to know how much they're paid compared to their co-workers. republicans say the bill would put too much of a burden on employers.
fwrsheryl crow revealed shes a brain tumor. she says it is benign. they're relatively common and many people have them and never know it. crow told a reporter she had been worrying about her memory and found the tumor back in member. she flubbed the lyrics to her hit song, soak up the sun. she blamed the mistake on her brain at the time. her representative says there's no cause for alarm and that crow is healthy and happy. an amazing show last night was the last of its kind for the next 100 years as the planet venus made a nearly seven-hour transit across the face of the sun. the spectacle was visible on all seven continents and astronauts on the international space station looked on. amazing to see. a little green humor from the first lady on david letterman's late show. she gave the top ten fun facts about gardening. >> the largest zucchini ever grown contained a starbucks.
later this year, the supreme court will finally rule on tomato versus tomato. with enough care and effort, you can grow your own barack-oli. >> good. mrs. obama appeared on the show to help promote her new book about the white house garden where they probably grow a lot of that. >> thank you. >> thanks, natalie. >> we should mention by the way that today is a big day for natalie. today is her birthday. >> happy birthday. >> thank you so much. >> unfortunately, not just any. it's the big one. >> 29 over again and over again. >> you look great. >> thank you. >> happy birthday to you and by the way, it looks like matt and al are still celebrating the queen's jubilee. stephanie abrams in this morning. nice to have you here. >> good to see you at home. we're still going to have the cooler temperatures along the west coast and the east coast with a dip in the jet stream and
the warm temperatures through the center of the country and there's a threat for severe weather as portions o good morning to you. time now 7:16. live look over the city by the bay. completely clear. we are going to warm you up into the 80s across the bay today. your coastal communities will be on the mild side. not too shabby. 66 in san francisco. 73 in oakland. about 86 in pacifica. tomorrow warmer. level off on friday. and then the climb really kicks into high gear as we head from sunday into monday of next week. >> all right, stephanie, thanks. now to a war of words between a beauty queen and organizers of the miss usa pageant. pennsylvania's representative is turning in her crown because she claims the competition is rigged. nbc's mara schiavocampo has details. good morning. >> good morning, lester. sheena monnin claims the results of sunday's pageant were decided
before a single contest and took the stage. but pageant officials say her decision isn't about fair play, it's about politics. the rules say one thing. >> the judges now will decide who is most deserving of the crown, based on everything they've experienced tonight. >> reporter: but one miss usa contestant is claiming the pageant's organizers have staged a fraud. >> sheena monnin, pennsylvania. >> reporter: sheena monnin made the stunning announcement on her facebook page saying a fellow contestant told monnin she accidentally found a list of the top five contestants before sunday's telecast. the backstage claim would have come as a double blow to monnin who had just learned she didn't make the top 16. >> now in random order, here are the judge's top five finalists. >> reporter: and the 27-year-old beauty says the contestant's story proved true when the top five were then announced live on the air. in explaining her decision on facebook, monnin wrote, quote, in good conscience i can no
longer be affiliated in any way with an organization i consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy. but pageant officials are refusing to turn the other cheek. the miss universe organization, which is co-owned by nbc universal and donald trump, has called monnin's claims false and said the real reason she resigned is she disagrees with the recent decision to admit transgender contestants, a move backed by the competition's eventual winner, miss rhode island. and the organization claims to have proof, releasing part of an e-mail say they monnin sent them in which they say she resigns over her disapproval with the transgender policy change. this goes against every moral fiber of my being. i believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer. on her facebook page, monnin describes her views as conservative. meanwhile the miss universe organization also says that the contestant who monnin claims saw
the alleged top five list has vehemently denied it. lester, ann? >> all right. mara schiavocampo. donald trump is the co-owner of the miss universe organization. he's now joining us by telephone. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i guess the question first straight out is, is the miss usa competition fixed, donald? >> it is so ridiculous, the judges who are tremendous people, and as you know, they're supervised by ernst and young and everything is certified, they make the choice. and they make the choice very, very strongly and very secretly. and that's what happened in this case. there is no top five. that's impossible, because nobody has any idea who the judges are going to be voting for. you have 15. and then you have -- you have 15 people. and then you have one person that's selected by the audience, by the viewers. we added that this year i believe for the first time. after that the judges make the decision and they bring it down to 10 and then they bring it down to 5 just like you see on television. and those numbers are all certified by ernst & young.
>> donald, it is such a specific accusation, though, that she makes. i know the organization claims this is over the transgender policy, but for her to have this parting shot with such a specific charge, does it bear further investigation? >> well, first of all, the organization doesn't care who the top five are, or the top ten. i mean, what difference does it make? so it doesn't care. and it's really disgraceful that she does it. and what we've authorized today is we're going to bring a lawsuit against this girl. the person that supposedly told her the list, she didn't feel that she was told by another person, that person now totally denies it, and she said there is no list, and i've never seen a list. >> are you saying that you have already done an investigation? >> oh, absolutely, yes. they've done an investigation. i just found out about it. and they just reported to me about five minutes ago. the person that supposedly showed the list totally denies that that ever took place. >> have you met miss monnin before? and if so what were your impressions? >> i saw her there. my impressions were she didn't have a chance of being in the top 15, not even close.
and all this is is a girl who went there, lost, wasn't in the 15, and she's angry at the pageant system. >> in this lawsuit that you say that you're going to file, what are you going to be asking for? >> well, she said some very strong things. she uses the word fraud, that's pretty strong. so we're going to be suing her on that basis. but, again, i did see her for about a second. i never felt she had a chance. and all this is is buyer's remorse. >> all right. well on that note we have to leave it. donald trump, thanks for joining us by telephone. >> thank you very much. >> i'm sure this is not going to be the end of that story. but just ahead this morning here, we'll be talking about wedding vows for miley cyrus. the 19-year-old is engaged to her boyfriend, liam hemsworth, and we'll have exclusive details for you. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ ♪
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time is 7:26. i'm jon kelley. voters in san jose passing a major pension reform initiative and that sets the stage for a bitter legal fight between unions and city leaders p measure b will reduce retirement benefits for government workers. it is a local measure but it is also getting national attention. that's because other major cities would like to follow suit. mayor chuck reid says this one is a big-time win for the city. >> able to restore some of the positions we cut, fire positions that we cut. library, community centers. we turned the corner and voters have said that okay, enough is enough of cutting. >> city workers on the other hand not too happy about the outcome. they claim the city did not
negative yoesh eig negotiate in good faith. vowing to take this issue to court. meteorologist christina loren has been a road warrior. doing double duty. thank you. nice work. >> thank you. you make it easy. we have a great team here at nbc bay area. temperatures on the warm side today compared to yesterday's high. we will be just about as warm as we were yesterday by noon today. tight pressure gradient making for some gusty winds. especially right by the water today and through the higher elevations. by tomorrow, we are bogey to keep on climbing the 80s return to more of your metropolitan cities where forecasting the upper 70s in livermore, san jose. 80 degrees in fairfield. warmest bay area city will likely be santa rosa. nice clear start this morning. the only weather that could impact your smooth commute is a little bit of wind over your open water bridges. take it easy through those bridge areas. could get caught off guard bay gust wrup wind from time to time. let's go to talk about what we are facing in the driving department. we have a couple of things to
point out. highway 92 eastbound at ralston, would or more lanes blocked where an accident just happened about five minutes ago. then we have a serious situation on the bay bridge eastbound just past treasure island. debris all over the highway. pile of chains. you want to give yourself extra. travel cautiously. delays are stacking up. we have no relief at the bay bridge toll plaza where the metering lights are on. >> great stuff. thank you very much. latest traffic and news updaste on facebook. we are back in a half hour. ♪ ♪ we were skipping stones ♪ and letting go ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients,
we're back now at 7:30 on a wednesday morning. the 6th day of june, 2012 with some good news for miley cyrus. according to "people" magazine, the 19-year-old actress just got engaged to her longtime boyfriend and fellow actor liam helms worth. and given her age the question some people might be asking are how are miley's parents reacting? we'll have the exclusive details right ahead. >> i think they should go with that version -- >> in the meantime, inside studio 1a i'm ann curry alongside lester holt who is joining us because matt's still recovering, i think, from the big jubilee. >> yeah, it was quite a party. also ahead the guys behind the music sharing site napster are out with a new social video network that they hope will become the next big thing
online. one of them, sean parker, is the former president of facebook so we'll have to ask him what he thinks about the problems with the social network's wall street debut, as well. >> then the man who was featured in a documentary called the 650 pound virgin and lost more than 400 pounds, well, now, three years later, he's regained almost all of that weight. he's going to open up in an exclusive and also emotional interview about his struggles, and also what drove him to excessive eating once again. hopefully it will be information that might be revealing in some way. >> then we're going to talk about the royal fashion choices. the queen's diamond jubilee. and just what were prince harry and kate middleton laughing about on the balcony of buckingham palace during the fly-by? >> we'll get to all of that. but we begin this half hour with this news that "people" magazine's reporting exclusively that miley cyrus is engaged. natalie is joining us with details now. hey, natalie, good morning once again. >> good morning again, ann. miley cyrus and liam hemsworth met on the set of a movie three years ago and now "people" is
recording that hemsworth popped the question last week and miley said yes. >> she's your best friend, miley. sooner or later you're going to have to tell her you're hannah montana. >> reporter: she's the 19-year-old daughter of a country singer who parlayed a tv show about a fictional pop star into real-life stardom. ♪ he is the 22-year-old rising star who landed a role in one of this year's biggest box office hits. >> they just want a good show. >> reporter: miley cyrus and liam hemsworth are already known as one of hollywood's youngest power couples. now "people" magazine is reporting they are engaged. the couple tells "people" that hemsworth proposed to cyrus last week in los angeles, with a 3 1/2 carat diamond ring. cyrus met hemsworth on the set of "the last song" in 2009. and did a kissing scene together on the first day of filming. >> kind of sweet, because they shared miley's first on-screen kiss together.
they've been together since she was 16. and you know, they have a very playful relationship. it's very real. very honest. >> reporter: even though miley is still in her teens, "people" reports billy ray cyrus and miley's mom are thrilled about the engagement and already consider liam a part of the family. from oscar parties to public pranks, cyrus and hemsworth have spent their entire relationship in the glare of the hollywood spot light. and those bright lights are about to get even hotter for the australian actor. this summer, hemsworth shares top billing with some of hollywood's biggest action stars, and his character in "the hunger games" will get even more screen time in the sequel coming out next year. >> i think miley has obviously had a good dose of what fame and fortune is like and now it's liam coming into his own. she's very excited about his success and i think they're going to be good for each other. they're going to definitely keep
each other balanced. >> and hemsworth will be busy filming "the hunger games" sequel this summer while cyrus works on her new album so it's probably no surprise that the couple has not set a wedding date just yet. ann? >> all right, natalie. thank you so much. kate coyne is people magazine's assistant managing editor. kate, good morning. >> good morning. >> let's hear it. how did this proposal happen? what do we know? >> well, it was very romantic. and it would seem that there was some thought put into this. this was not a spur of the moment, hey, here's an idea, let's get married, sort of thing. this was a genuine proposal. it was premeditated. it was thought about. and it was something that apparently was very emotional and romantic for the two of them. >> he certainly put some thought into the ring. it's 3.5, what, carat diamond? >> yeah. >> it's got sort of an old hollywood look to it. >> it's a cushion cut diamond, and it's in a gold band setting which is different from the current trend towards platinum and white gold. it's very vintage and art deco in feel. which is interesting because that is miley's red carpet
style. she tends toward a more vintage, retro glam look. >> they've been together for three years? one of hollywood's hottest couples? >> yeah. >> what makes them work, do you think? >> it's interesting because miley's very first kiss with liam was on camera. they in a way had sort of grown up together in the past three years. she's gone from being a very young teen to getting closer and closer to womanhood. she's 19 now. and his career has really taken off from the time that he did that movie. it's only going to get bigger and bigger and they've been by each other's side through most of that. >> you just mention she's only 19. some of us, including me, still think of her as hannah montana. and so, and so, i wonder if you think that's a little young to get married. >> a little young perhaps to get married. they haven't set a wedding date yet. they have been together for three years. the other thing is that miley cyrus at 19 has earned more money and worked longer than most 29-year-olds. so, you know, she's had to grow up very, very fast. and this is just another step in that. >> and her parents are thrilled about it? >> they are thrilled about it.
liam has been a part of their family for awhile now. he's been around. this is not somebody who just showed up out of the woodwork. so, you know, they clearly see that he's a very grounding presence for miley. that he's somebody who shares a lot of her values and they're happy that he's going to be staying around. >> some might say that his asking her now, right as his career is about to take off, may actually have some significance, as well. >> yeah, it's very sweet. because in the first 100 days his character was not as prominent as about to become in the next subsequent film. so his star is about to rocket. the fact that he made this commitment before he became the biggest star in hollywood is still very sweet. >> it is very sweet. fun, sweet, story thanks so much for sharing, some of the details about it with us kate coyne this morning. now let's get a check of the weather from stephanie abrams in for al this morning. >> you guys have to meet ryan. she lost her tooth in new york city. did the tooth fairy come to new york? >> uh-huh, and she brought me a note and inside was $5. >> wow, that's a rich tooth fairy. you've got to send her my way.
let seas have a look at our weather here. showers still throughout florida, and it's going to continue, actually, as we head offer the next couple of days. look how much rain we could see wednesday into thursday. we could see two to three inches of it. otherwise still cool in the happy to present this crystal clear shot of san jose to you this morning. we have a really good looking day. not just your inland cities getting shine early. all the way from the coast to concord. leer conditions. 53 degrees in san mateo. we head throughout the noon hour, 66 in fremont. 70 in san jose. round out the day in the upper 70s and low 80s. right back on track with seasonal averages. little warmer tomorrow. real warmup kicks into high gear sunday and monday. >> lester, over to you. >> stephanie, thanks. now to georgia, where a young college student is facing some very serious charges after being accused of building bombs in her own backyard. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details. gabe, good morning.
>> good morning, lester. her father describes her as daddy's little girl. but a judge has denied her bail. so now she's here, locked up, while her attorney appeals. her facebook page is a study in contrasts. here the 23-year-old student at gainesville state college is all smiles with friends. but outside the classroom, guns, ammo and nonstop adventure. on youtube she posted video of an exploding toilet in the woods. now the young woman is in serious trouble, facing federal charges of building bombs in her backyard. >> it is sad. and it is a little scary. >> reporter: court documents allege savage possessed a destructive device and firearms while being an illegal drug user. both felonies. the documents reveal the investigation started last month, when a person the feds call a concerned citizen snapped this photo of what appears to be pipe bombs and a grenade at
savage's home. last week agents from the fbi and the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms raided the property near cornelia, georgia. savage was arrested and denied bond. her family declined to comment for this story. but her father told local station wsv that his daughter was a church-going college student, not a criminal. >> i think everybody ought to be able to sate on their property, do whatever the heck they want to. >> reporter: still on facebook, savage described herself as an anarchist, writing, quote, i despite all law enforcement and any governing authority. i am not one for selective targeting, but mass destruction. according to court documents, savage admitted to investigators that she had used pot and meth, and told them that manufacturing explosive devices and detonating them for recreation was her hobby. in this rural town, many feel the charges are overblown. >> she was not using good judgment. did it make me scared? absolutely not.
>> i wouldn't say she's a terrorist or nothing like that. >> reporter: others think savage's arrest sets an example. >> explosives, period, you know, i don't understand why you have to be like that. >> reporter: yet her supporters don't understand why the mechanical engineering student is now in the spotlight. why what some consider a private hobby has exploded into a federal investigation. savage's lawyer says she plans to plead not guilty. her next court date has not been set. lester? >> gabe gutierrez in georgia for us this morning. thanks. up next, what does former facebook president sean parker think about the facebook network's falling stock price. we'll ask him and talk to parker and his busines eiarerre. aneonline venture [ male announcer ] and now, another newtonism.
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early employees and investors in the company have historically taken a very long view, and this is evidence of the fact that we haven't really sold much equity at all. i didn't sell anything in the ipo. neither my partners sold -- dustin for instance didn't sell anything. so, you know, we -- we believe very deeply in the long-term vision of the company and the fact that there's a lot of business lines that the company hasn't even opened yet. >> so you weren't surprised by this? >> the company had to trade some point. i mean, whether it was going to happen now or it's going to happen later. now there's regulatory reasons and investors need to get a return. all the early investors had to at some point get their money out. so the company had to go public. and it was -- you know, there's a lot of bad timing involved in it. but at the end of the day, we're just relieved to get it out. >> is this an indictment of social media? you're both starting airtime right now, and some people look at what's happened to facebook as a sign that maybe these
companies aren't quite as valuable, and you're offering moving into a new venture now. >> well, i mean, again, i look at the -- i guess look at the very long-term view that there's a lot of businesses that have to deal with identity and accountability, and market places, and facebook is just starting to get into. and you know, you look at social games that didn't exist a few years ago and that's a huge part of facebook's revenue. >> let's talk about what you guys are up to now, sean fanning. airtime. we already have many ways of doing face-to-face chat on the web. what's different about what you're offering? >> what's great about airtime is now you can do peer-to-peer video as a result of flash. and so we're able to provide you with the ability to talk to your friends without downloading a client, and what's great about the facebook api is that we now have all of this interest data that's online that allows us to connect people together more deeply, and share media. >> this will happen through your facebook logon then? >> so if you have a facebook account, you can seamlessly, via
the web, with no download, chat with any of your friends. but you can also share video with them live. so you have a shared experience of a video of yours, or a video from youtube, where you're not only watching the video, they're watching the video, you're watching their reaction to it. that's never been possible before with your facebook friends. >> you had the big preview yesterday. they had some glitches along the way. thank god you had a bunch of celebrities there to help you with some comedic timing at a good point. are you worried about the technology here? >> the technology has gone great in terms of the live product. the live product hasn't had any glitches or flaws so far. we're crossing our fingers, it's been amazing in terms of the actual product. our production of the event was a little bit rocky. but, you know, to your point, we had some amazing talent that really came through for us, and i have a renewed respect for people who have, you know, great improbability and great comedic timing. >> they got you through some pretty rough spots. i've got to ask you, chat
roulette. we all remember that. was another kind of, you know, peer service, and people would show things that maybe you didn't -- maybe body part that we didn't want to see. what have you done to make this a better experience? and a safer user experience? >> well, myspace preceded facebook, and many, you know, many people have similar kind of concerns about myspace. one of the things we did with facebook was make it a more clean and well-lit environment. we created a different culture. so the first thing is cultural. and the second thing is really technical. i mean we do some pretty elaborate abuse prevention to prevent bad actors from, you know, being bad actors on the system. so far the signals have all been really positive. you know, people that we've encountered on the service as we've been using it, have been -- have been incredible. >> well, it's exciting. it's exciting to the future of the social network. gentlemen, thank you so much for stopping by. >> thanks a lot. >> we should note that nbc news has been a pilot media partner with airtime. and by the way, savannah guthrie is going to have more with this
pair tomorrow night on "rock center with brian williams" at its new day and time, thursday at 10:00, 9:00 central time right here on nbc. we'll learn a lot more about airtime then. up next the royal fashions of the queen's diamond jubilee, and that playful exchange between prince harry and kate on the balcony. right after this. wake up! that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm.
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good morning, everybody. i'm jon kelley. nothing short of a devastating morning for students of st. plan sis high school in mountain view after learning their classmate was killed in just a brutal double murder in oregon. nicklas and his grand mother sue wallace were found shot to death in the driveway of wallace's home monday night. officers say wallace's son admitted to shooting his mother and nephew with a hunting rifle. he now faces aggravated murder charges. so far police have not yet released a motive. the family says that they are, quote, devastated by the senseless loss. telling us, quote, nick was the light of our lives. a young man of strong faith who loved life and his family. sue wallace was a beloved mother and grandmother who doted on her grandchildren.
such a heart wrenching story there. on to much brighter news, let's check outside with meteorologist christina loren. looks like a nice weekend coming up. >> really good looking weekends. grab those sunglasses. we have clear conditions to start. temperatures already warming under pull sunshine across the greater bay area. that means the 70s return and mid 70s by about 1:00 p.m. today. between 4:00 and 5:00 we get the warmest this time of year. temperatures will hit the upper 70s inland and couple of low 80s out there as well. and 70 degrees in san francisco today. and oakland, you will be even warmer as we head through tomorrow. all right. switching gears, a look at the drive. problems for you on the bay bridge. headed westbound you have a crash apartment grand avenue blocking the right shoulder. moderate delays. on the eastbound side debris recorded on the road. just after treasure island. that's reported to the heavy pile of chains. you are jam packed. metering lights are on. watch out important an accident 101 northbound as you approach 92 in san mateo.
♪ 8:00 now on a wednesday morning. 8:00 on a wednesday morning. the 6th day of june, 2012. look at our wonderful crowd. a nice size this morning. the sun is out. however, this size of this crowd is nice. music superstar chris brown will be here for a concert. we expect a huge turnout. if you've coming, get down here early. we're excited about this concert. aren't we, lester. >> i'm not working that day. >> i can promise you a seat out front, up front, lester holt. lester is stopping by this
morning because matt's got the morning off. he's on assignment. he'll be back tomorrow. great, however, to have you here. we've got this breaking, this heart-breaking interview with this man coming up. he, he was once 650 pounds. he lost so much of that weight. >> i'll never forget the image of him breaking out and showing his new look. david smith was featured in a documentary called the 650 pound virgin. he lost more than 400 pounds, and appeared he had turned his life around. but inside david says he was a terrible mess and now he has regained over 300 pounds. he is opening up about his emotional journey in an exclusive interview. >> we look toward to that. also looking forward to hearing from jane fonda, who is in the house. to-time academy award winner is, turned a lot of heads by the way we want to mention at 74 years old at the cannes film festival wearing this amazing dress. and so we're going to be talking to her about that. and also her new movie, and why she calls this stage in her life her third act. we're looking forward to talking to her. >> let's go inside, natalie morales is standing by with another check of the morning's headlines. >> wisconsin's republican
governor survived a hard-fought recall election tuesday. the recall effort was triggered by governor scott walker's testify budget cutting, including an aggressive stance towards state unions. last night, fellow republican mitt romney praised walker's victory as a yes to fiscal responsibility, and a no to liberal ideas of yesterday. president obama has stayed out of the wisconsin recall fight. . science fiction fantasy writer ray brad bury died at his home in southern california. he was tauth thor of "the martian chronicles" and farn fight 451." although he was slowed in recent years, he still wrote every day. his work ranging from horror to mystery to humor. he still made appearances at book stores and library fund-raisers in the los angeles yar. nine jury members were
seated for the trial sex abuse scandal of jerry sandusky. accused of abusing ten boys over a 15-year period. his attorneys told prospective jurors defense witnesses may include the wife and son of late penn state coaching legend joe paterno. opening statements are scheduled for monday. a heart-pounding moment caught on tape appears to show a toddler in china dangling by his head four stories above the ground after falling through a balcony and getting stuck in the grate. a brave downstairs neighbor was able to grab the child and hold on until rescuers arrived. the boy is said to be doing fine now. unbelievable video. now for a quick look at what is trending today. gawker says it was contacted by a tipster who claims to have hacked into mitt romney's personal hotmail account. the self-described hacker says all it took was a correct guess on the familiar security question, what is your favorite pet. the alleged breach is reportedly
under investigation. singer/songwriter john mayer tells rollingstone.com he was humiliated by taylor swift's song dear john which severely dresses down a former lover. swift and mayer were romantically linked before the 2010 release. he said it caught him off guard when he was down. he also calls "dear john" an example of cheap song writing. and as we mentioned earlier people.com is reporting that miley cyrus is engaged. the 19-year-old former hannah montana star has been dating hunger games star liam hemsworth for three years. people says he popped the question last week. cyrus tweeted this morning that life is beautiful. it is 8:04 right now. you're up to date. let's go back outside to stephanie. she's got a check of our weather for us. >> "today's weather" is brought to you by the american cancer society. the official sponsor of birthdays. >> ironically, a couple here dating since eighth grade, just graduated high school. no engagement here that we know of. >> yes, that's right.
>> good. you guys are from houston. pretty cool up here for you. >> yeah. >> what's been the favorite thing you've seen in new york? >> rock of ages. >> and for you? >> rock of ages. >> i love that. let's have a look at where the weather is spanning across the country and where we are seeing rochester, minnesota, 79 degrees. that's more houstolike weather there in rochester than we're seeing here.us storms into texas, also into the southeast, and into the northwest, today it looks like the northeast is going to continue to stay cool. good morning. taking a live look over san francisco. you can clearly see the bay bridge here and we actually have a beautiful clear sky from the coast all the way through the inland cities. as we head through the day with the sunshine, high pressure is in control of the weather pattern. it will be breezy from time to time. temperatures are comfortable. 78 degrees today in los gatos. the noon ratings are wonderful. if you want lunch on the bay,
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this morning on "today's update," the man featured in the tlc documentary "the 650 pound virgin." we first met david smith three years ago, after he lost more than 400 pounds. but now, like millions of americans, he is struggling with his weight once again. nbc's janet shamlian sat down with him for an exclusive interview. >> it was a staggering weight loss. when david smith was on "today" in 2009, he had dropped more than 400 pounds. by his own description, the phoenix man who at one point tipped the scales at 650 pounds, went from dud to stud. >> you confident you can keep the weight off now? >> i sure hope so. >> but it was easier said than done. this is david today. he has regained over 300 of the pounds he worked so very hard to lose. david, we last saw you three years ago. you'd lost more than 400 pounds.
you seemed to be doing great. were you? >> i wasn't doing too well. i looked really good on the outside. but inside, i was a terrible mess. >> for awhile david kept up appearances. he made new friends. got a job as a personal trainer at a gym. and he even met his first, and current girlfriend megan. david smith had turned his life around. or so he thought. at your thinnest, when you looked in the mirror, what did you see? >> i saw somebody that didn't know who they were. all my life, i was this monster in my head, and all of a sudden, to be, you know, this good-looking guy, it blew my mind away. i didn't know how to deal with it. >> despite several painful surgeries, he still had folds of excess skein.
unhappy with how he looked, david turned to alcohol and drugs for awhile. and then, turned back to food. >> i'd eat in my car before i'd get home. or, you know, if everybody is out, i'd go and eat something really quick, and then throw it away before they would come home. >> you had to know that as you were tipping the scale the other way again, that with every bite you took you were undoing so much hard work. >> yeah. it was -- it was tough. you know, a lot of people were counting on me to be inspiring. and i didn't want to let anybody down. but i just felt so bad, and i didn't know how to cope. >> but he couldn't hide his appearance. david was quickly regressing
into the man he thought he'd left behind. >> i've gained more than 250 pounds in two years. and with all that extra weight so quickly added to my body, i don't know how i'm still living right now. >> it sounds life threatening. >> it is. it really is. and the way i'm going, i'm not going to live for too much longer. >> is that what you think? >> you know when your body's making a turn for the worst, and i felt it before i went on the 650 pounds, and you know, i'm feeling it again at 500. >> embarrassed by what happened, david, for the most part, disappeared from view. he lost his job, and his close friendship with his trainer chris was frayed. david says he even considered taking his own life. he does still have megan. but he fears losing her, too. >> her support means the world
to me. you know. i love her so much. and i know i've put her trough a lot. she stayed by my side through everything. >> after hitting rock bottom, at about 535 pounds, david says he has started anew. he's back in the gym, and determined to lose all that weight all over again. he'll use the lessons learned from last time, along with something he didn't have last time. megan. >> he is really, finally ready for it this time. of course i'm going to be there. this is the moment i've been waiting for since he started gaining, for him to really want to be healthy again. >> david knows he's not alone in regaining lost weight. and he realizes the road ahead is another long one. this time, though, he feels certain that change will be for good.
>> as much as you've worked on the outside, you have to work on the inside. and if your foundation isn't built up, you're just going to crumble down. unfortunately, i fell down. but i know i can climb back up. >> for "today," janet shamlian, nbc news, phoenix. >> and we are all definitely rooting for him. janet, by the way, asked david what he wants for his future? and he said he's not a selfish person. he just wants a life. we're going to switch gears and coming up next we're going to catch up with legendary actress jane fonda. right after this. [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat! hmmm. you'll bring a lot to the party. [ all ] yay!
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but to give it some context, grace, the woman you play, is this free spirited, artist, living in -- >> thinking woodstock. >> what drew you to want to play her? >> well, it's a movie, you can't tell it from that scene, there's a lot of laughter in there. >> there is a lot of laughter. and also made me cry i want to say. >> i love movies that make you laugh and make you cry and are about universal things and in this particular case about love and forgiveness. and you come out of the movie feeling good. and you know, we can't put enough love and forgiveness out there in the atmosphere. i wanted to do that. especially working with catherine keener and directed by bruce beresford who did tender mercies and driving miss daisy. so it was a really great experience. >> and touches emotions top to bottom. but i understand that you had to actually need some help from catherine keener -- >> i never was a hippie. people thought that's what i was. but keener far more hippie than i. she told me what music to listen to. and you know, there's a -- i
have to say something to jeffrey dean morgan, you know, about how i was at the woodstock festival and my water broke, and she breeched, the baby breeched, keener breeched when -- who was it that played the star spangled banner? i can't remember. >> you mean in the movie? >> no, no, at the woodstock festival. >> hendrix. >> jimi hendrix played the star spangled banner. she brought me the documentary so i could see that. no wonder my water broke. what an amazing experience. so she helped me understand what that was all about. >> the music. >> my character is kind of stuck in 1969, and i've done things that my daughter hasn't forgiven me for and i haven't seen her in 20 years. never met my grandchildren. and suddenly at the beginning of the movie she arrives on my doorstep, and it's about how we deal with each other after all this time as a family. >> it's so powerful, i have to, i really did, i am a softy, but
i cried because of some of these central messages about forgiveness. and how to finally let go of the burden that we feel, the anger we sometimes feel with our own parents. i mean, has this been a theme for you in your own life? >> you think? oh, i wouldn't know anything about that. you know, i had the issue with my father. i kind of, because a lot of people have made a parallel with "on golden pond" where he's the elder and katherine hepburn and i'm the kind of struggling child. now i'm the elder, and trying to make amends with my children. and then, you know, i have a daughter, too, and we've had issues. >> mm-hmm. >> so it's an old story. >> but it's not an old story in the sense that it's a story that's true, a constant for all of us, and one of the other constants is what grace says to her granddaughter at one point. or actually her granddaughter, that's right, at one point -- >> played by elizabeth olson, by the way. >> who does a really great job. and so she talks about how, her, this grand daughter has done something that, that grace doesn't love and she said, talks about how when things don't go right you don't always know where things are going and
things are don't you always have to accept that because that's where the transformation occurs. >> right. it's when you're not, you're kind of in a void and you don't quite know what's happening. and if you're quiet and you pay attention, that is, you know, that's when you get a chance to become a better person, and a stronger person. the movie opens this week. nationwide. it's exciting. and i think it's going to be really good. >> it is a good movie. hopefully it will do really well. this idea of transformation seems like your middle name. you, you keep transforming over and over again. we just saw these pictures of you at the cannes film festival. you wowed everyone yet again. >> and it's funny, because you know, i'm 74. when i was supposed to be glamorous, i wasn't. so it's kind of like -- >> i thought you were glamorous. why would you say that? >> i don't know. >> you didn't embrace glamorous? >> i didn't pay any attention. >> you're just naturally glamorous. >> i work for l'oreal and i was in cannes working for l'oreal. and i'm kind of an ambassador
and we were with alec baldwin. >> you're saying now at your age now to be glamorous you're saying it's a bit of a surprise? >> when you say -- >> well, it's kind of fun. you know i'm old enough so i can say, isn't that interesting? the old broad fooled them again another year. you know. walking down the red carpet. why not? you know, i think it -- it gives women hope to know that you can be older and you can still have a robust, love-filled, kind of interesting sexy life. >> mm-hmm. what has been your secret to that? >> attitude. attitude. you could look young, and you can be perfect in some ways, but if you don't -- you know, that's what the movie says. the importance of having love. and it doesn't have to be a lover. in my case it is. but it's also children. your friends. i mean, my women friends, you know, allow me to sit up straight and have starch in my spine, love a loving social network. it's so important when you get older. and i think that that's what
allows you to radiate things and look attractive. >> do you -- do you think about a bucket list for you? do you think about what's ahead? >> i'm through most of them. yeah, no. when ted turner and i split up i made a bucket list and i've gone through all of scuba diving, and the great barrier reef, hiking to machu picchu. you know, i've done most of them. >> keep going. >> a tverie slils b vnext. >> all right. jane fonda, thank you.
good morning. 8:26 right now. a tight finish for proposition 29. that is the tobacco tax that adds $1 to the price of a pack of cigarettes. a tight contest before election day, but with 100% of precincts reporting, it appears to have been defeated. he calls is a use tax on cigarettes because only smokers could pay for it. opponents say there is no oversight for the money and it would have ultimately been wasted. let's check the commute now.
>> a couple of crashes on the east shore at bay view avenue. traffic jammed for about a mile. another crash with a motorcycle at 101 southbound approaching wood side road. give your self extra time or take 280. it is moving faster than 101. let's take it to the toll plaza. the traffic is jammed and the overall volume is lighter than usual. back to you. thanks. thank you for joining us. check out us on facebook. in the meantime, see you in half an hour.
8:30 now on a wednesday morning. the 6th day of june, 2012. right now our crowd, jada pinkett smith is here as part of her new movie "madagascar 3." we're excited to have her with us. she'll talk all about the movie and also her life with her husband, and her famous family just ahead. meantime, i'm outside also on
the plaza along with lester holt and our natalie morales. and you've got a lot more coming up. >> you smell that? >> i do smell it. >> barbecue in the air. we're throwing a barbecue battle here on the plaza, featuring two pit masters, and their best recipes for barbecue brisket. >> hmm. >> can't wait to taste the results. i'll be the judge of that. >> also coming up, jill martin's "steals & deals." she's got once again some incredible deals, discounted prices for you, everything from towels to jewelry to makeup to gifts for father's day. so we'll have that, as well. >> maybe even some gifts for somebody who is celebrating her birthday today. in fact, we want to mention yet again that it's a very important morning this morning around here at the "today" show our own natalie morales -- >> look at that. >> your children wanted to surprise you, natalie. >> oh, my gosh! >> happy birthday. >> i kept calling the house this
morning and nobody was answering the phone. >> no wonder. >> now i know why! hi. >> you're being serenaded. ♪ happy birthday to you >> congratulations, you guys. >> look at this. >> thank you. >> hey, josh -- >> have you been baby sitting? i was looking for you earlier. >> look at this. want to attack the cake? >> no. you don't want to smell it. >> -- >> it's a joke around here. >> we're glad you're sharing your special day with us. >> you guys. >> oh. >> now let's get a check of the weather. we've got stephanie abrams somewhere in this crowd. i know you're hungry for cake, stephanie. >> i am. i'm down here. we have a couple celebrating, i thought i'd get in with the whole madagascar thing it was just too much fun not to, what's been the best part of 59 years? >> all of them. >> oh, that's so sweet. congratulations on your anniversary. let's have a look at the weather
across the country. and we are going to see some showers through texas, the northwest, the northeast, still hot in the middle of the country. tomorrow pretty much the same old song and dance here across the majority of the country. good morning. 8:33 now. a crystal clear start over san jose and the bay area. a lot of sunshine coming in early. it will be a comfortable afternoon. the winds will gust from time-to-time up to 40 miles per hour. especially into the evening hours. 77 in san jose. 80 by tomorrow. friday, we cool off to warm you back up for the weekend. 88 degrees on sunday. >> lester over to you so i can big into some of that birthday cake. >> you're first in line behind me. up next, jada pinkett smith on her family, her marriage and her new movie. first, this is "today" on nbc. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain.
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back now at 8:35 with jada pinkett smith, a woman who does it all. from acting to singing, not to mention being a wife and a mother. she played, also, the outgoing hippo gloria in the new animated movie "madagascar 3: europe's most wanted." as her animal gang tries to get back home to new york city. let's take a look. >> oh, no, what do we do? >> all right, everybody, stand back. i've got this. never mind. >> oh, well you only get one chance at a first impression. >> jada pinkett smith, good morning. >> good morning. >> i can't get over you being a hippo. it just does not compute. >> i have to reach inside to my inner hippo, you know. i really had to reach inside to play gloria. but it's so much fun. and i love these madagascar
movies and i hope we can do a fourth one. the third one is fantastic. >> really? yeah, in fact you've said to me you think it's the best one yet. one critic has said it's not a film, it's a freaky 3-d movie, the kind real people see and enjoy. >> yeah. i mean, the artwork and the painting, and the 3-d is so beautiful. i got to see it in 3-d first in cannes. it was just beautifully, just beautiful the aesthetics are just amazing. >> what's the best reaction you've ever gotten to the fact that you play a hippo? >> you know what? i have to say that gloria and i have a whole new fan base, nursery school kids. you know, when you meet other moms, and you're like, she played gloria in madagascar. the kids are like, oh, really! >> the story is they basically join a circus. >> country. >> and they're trying, as a way, as a ruse to get back to new york city. >> yes. >> and hilarity ensues. it's also kind of a real story about friendship, and being true to each other. >> always. >> and true to yourself. >> always. and i would have to say even the
story between mehlman and i, you have the honey moon phase of your relationship and now this is the phase in which you really have to work on love. and the honeymoon phase kind of fades away. >> mm-hmm. >> and so, i would say that's probably the most interesting part for this, mehlman and gloria story. >> that's right. that is one of the smaller stories within the broader context of the movie. you also are participating in something called red table top which i just heard about. >> yes. red table top. >> which is with your daughter, your mother, your daughter willow and you it's basically where you talk about relationships, your lives, and, and balancing fame, all those kinds of things. why did you decide you wanted to do this on the web? >> you know, we did it for mother's day. and look at my mother. she's so beautiful, isn't she? >> gorgeous. >> she's just amazing. she's my hero. i wanted an opportunity to -- people often ask me, how do you communicate with your family, how do you communicate with your daughter? and i just felt like for
mother's day, with all this technology that we have going on, how people feel like they can understand stories from one little sound bite, you know, the importance of actually sitting down and having an in-depth conversation with the people that you actually care about. and i'm telling you, i thought that i knew my mother and i thought that i knew my daughter. we sat down at that red table and i learn aid lot of things about them both that i did not know. and i was really a beautiful experience. and my daughter got to learn a lot about my mother and i. >> mm-hmm. >> because she didn't know our story. on it was the first time -- >> hopefully it inspires all of us, moms and daughters, to get down and have those kinds of kmpgss and not forget to have them. one of the things you learned from your daughter is something she said about fame that might have surprised you. >> you know it's interesting. it didn't. >> it didn't surprise you? >> that was one part i did know. >> she said basically the one thing she would change about her life is fame. >> yes. >> what was your sense -- >> i think for all of us, fame can be difficult at times. you know.
but she also said that she wouldn't want to change it because it gives her an opportunity to help change the world. right? so it's finding that balance of being able to keep yourself to own yourself, and also be able to give yourself to the public, as well. so you know, you have to learn how to balance it out. and i think all of us as famous people have gone through those transitions. >> yeah, because there's, there's this constant scrutiny, people want to know more about you know your personal life and you've said about that that you know your, your friendship with your husband has been one of the most important parts of your success in hollywood as a marriage. >> you have to be friends. you have to be the best of friends. it's a must. there's -- there's -- for me there's been no other component to the success. i look at my husband and see much more than a husband. much more than a husband. i mean, he's been a best friend. he's been a father. a brother. a psychiatrist. i mean, you name it.
you know, i -- i really look at him as a life partner. you know, because sometimes for us in our relationships, husband can be a very narrow definition. and so he's much broader than that for me. has to be. >> and he does the dishes? >> now that he doesn't do. >> okay, all right. all right. pushed that too far. >> yeah. >> jada pinkett smith. thank you. >> as always. >> i love talking to you. and, and congratulations on your life, we want to mention that "madagascar 3 kp europe's most wanted" opens in theaters on friday. what happens with technology that's supposed to help you make life less frustrating.
all experienced this, i have, as well, despite the fact that we are a society anxious to get more done in less time, technology can only do so much. has your gps ever taken you the wrong way? >> yes! >> do your smartphones auto correct? >> yes. >> get it wrong. >> all the time. >> you're going to be answering yes to a lot of these questions. sometimes fancier and faster can just drive you to tears. it's a high def, high fie, wild -fi world. but what happens when all this crazy technology takes the occasional day off? >> every time i type in xoxo, it comes up as socks. >> take auto correct. >> i was texting my friend and i said you're my best friend in the whole wide world. what chaim through is while wife worried. >> i'm taping, and it's auto corrected as hammocks. >> designed for the typo prone oftentimes it sure does get it wrong.
>> it turned sec in sex. >> its errors so outrageous there's even a damn you auto correct website. which gets plenty of laughs. >> you get a text from your dad, and it says this, your mom and i are going to divorce next month. and then the person says, what, why? call me, please. and then, i wrote disney, and this phone changed it. we're going to disney. >> people become so tethered to technology that we're relying on it nonstop. >> then there's gps. >> please proceed to the highlighted route. >> the remedy for directionally challenged. gone are the days of the map. it's a gps generation now, but sometimes your gps can run off course. >> left, and then left turn. >> she doesn't know what she's talking about. it's difficult when you've got kids in the back, you're trying to hear what the woman's saying. she doesn't repeat it.
and then you miss the turn and the kids are talking. and then we end up late. it's a little bit stressful. won't be taking that route again. >> and how about siri? >> are you angry with me, siri? >> i can't answer that. >> she's that helpful guide with a rather unpredictable disposition. how much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? >> don't you have anything better to do? >> and what about those magnetic hotel key swipe cards? >> sitting there at the door, waiting for that green light to go off. >> sure they're convenient. but have you ever noticed that they're always getting demagnetized and you're always getting locked out? >> they tell you don't put it in your wallet, right? but where else are you going to put it? i mean, it's shaped like a credit card. of course i'm going to put it in my wallet. completely -- >> you ever have trouble deciphering those characters designed to secure online security. >> make it simple. >> typing in those odd
combination of letters and numbers just to prove you're human. talk about hard to decipher. >> n-t-r-i-t-n? start over. i-i-v. >> nope. >> let's face it, in the great techie race, faster may not always be better. >> with a lot of audience participation you guys were all in agreement. here's some solid advice from the experts. do not rely solely on technology. we managed to survive on our human instinct for a very, very long time without machines doing all the thinking for us. >> -- google it. >> it might come up -- >> you had a cheering section here. >> yeah. all those things have happened. the one i love is when you're trying -- this happened the other day here at work. the computer wants you to change your pass word at the busiest time of your day and no matter what you put in, you did something wrong. lower case and the number first, then the number second. >> and then you have to do all of the information all over
again. >> why is it that one where they're trying to decode a pass word, why do they make it so funky. >> they want to make sure a computer is not signing up for it. but we're not that smart. i can't see and differentiate some of these letters from numbers. >> you need a pair of secret glasses to decode that. >> also i don't know why it is that the gps gets it wrong. is it because of some satellite, a lot of us don't even know how to use, use a map anymore. >> it has trouble with hills. i've been in san francisco and the hills sometimes and it misses up a quarter mile or two miles. >> it could be you. >> no, no, no. >> there's something wrong with the gps, jenna. >> you ever talk to your gps? >> well here's the thing. we picked five. we had about 20 of them. we picked five of the most annoying. >> you guys like five or six more pieces there. >> i know. >> all right. >> jenna, thank you so much. >> up next, a barbecue battle, no technology involved. live on the plaza. good morning! wow.
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barbecue joint in nashville. myron nixon is from destination america's barbecue pit masters. guys, good morning. great to have you here. >> great to be here. >> what's it like when you all get together at madison square park every year? is it a bit competitive? >> some. i mean, you want to try out the best products so you'll have the longest line. every barbecue pit master wants to have his back patted. >> it's more of a family atmosphere for us. it's not actual barbecue competition. we're just proud to be there. >> all right. i'm proud to have you both here. >> i want to win. >> well i don't know who is going to be -- i guess i'm the judge. you're making a red neck taco. >> i am. i'm going to rub this down with a rub first. the whole brisket. >> is that paprika? >> brown sugar, salt, all rub, apparently a salt and sugar base. you can put on your own ancillary stuff in there. then we're going to move over here. drop our corn bread batter here. >> it's actually like a pancake. >> just like that.
it's natural style. >> right. >> and i'm going to move this guy right here. so, what we like to do is we like to trim this brisket off right here, get some fat off, then we'll come through. slice it through. okay. then we'll usually turn these muscles, see how they go. >> right. >> right here near each other. slice that up real quick. >> nice and thin slice. >> nice and thin slice. i'm going to take these right here. >> you have cooked that for hours and hours, right? >> we cooked this brisket for close to 15 hours. >> this is not a simple snack. >> no, it's not. low and slow. >> coleslaw? >> it is coleslaw. then we're going to use our southern belle barbecue sauce. we drizzle that on. >> i'm going to have to use a fork here. >> yes, please do. >> a fork, and i'm not really the judge of this. i'm just hungry. okay? oh, man that's good.
hmm. i'll be right there. what do you got for us? what do you got for us? >> these are wagon briskets. have more fat content but the thing is you want to add as much flavor as you can. one of the things we like to do, we add our broth, beef broth injection. you go in about every inch, and you inject all over just like this. >> going to make it nice and moist. >> nice and moist. then you come in, you apply, everybody's secret rub. everybody's got the secret rub. >> you're not going to tell us what's in there? >> no, i can't do that. then it goes on the smoker. the one thing we do unique, we take the bottom cap off. this is on both sides. >> you put this over indirect heat? >> indirect heat. >> hours and hours? >> we do about a four hour brisket. we're going to plate.
look at that smoke ring right there. you didn't have that down there, did you? >> i love everybody. anybody that feeds me. >> then you come in, we have it plated here. now we have the natural drippings that come off the brisket. the natural drippings. and you dazzle them with this. you try that. >> and then what do you put -- >> potato salad on the side, right? let me try some of this. >> come on. come on. >> that -- what did you inject in there? >> that is a beef based broth. >> that made all the difference. it's juicy, it's tender. >> you need to be a judge on destination america. >> but i'm loving the tacos, as well. >> don't go down there. don't go down there. >> listen i'm loving you. >> a little bit more.
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back now with more "today" on wednesday morning. june 6th, 2012. we have a wonderful crowd on the plaza on the beautiful morning. you have savannah guthrie. she is saying hi. i'm ann curry alongside lester holt. matt is on assignment. >> i'm not wearing pink. >> the three of us are. >> didn't you get the memo? >> i had pink in my wardrobe. nobody calls me. my e-mail is not known to anybody. >> jill martin is back with an incredible steals and deals this morning.
>> she was wearing pink. close. >> discounts for our viewers at home. up to 80% off of jewelry and towels. and age is just a number. we know for so many celebrities, 40 is fabulous. look at jennifer gardner or sofia vergara. and our birthday girl. natalie morales. she makes 40 look so good. we will get some good advice for our birthday girl for life after 40. we will look at how to stay sexy and stylish and dress appropriately. >> this is getting awkward here. >> we will keep you sexy, lester. >> especially for poor natalie. >> we will check in -- i'm so
embarrassed i said that. i'm sorry. >> you're fine. let's now take a deep breath. i know natalie has serious news. >> i do. in the news this morning, a big win for the republican governor scott walker. he became the first governor in u.s. history to survive a recall election. the win came after a hard-fought challenge to walker's budget cutting for bargaining rights for public employees. walker says voters want leaders to make tough decisions. jury selection is supposed to wrap up today in the jerry sandusky sex abuse trial. opening statements are set to open on monday. sandusky is accused of abusing ten boys in a 15-year period. equal pay for women in the work place. the bill would put too much of a burden on small businesses.
president obama called the vote disappointing. a rare show in the sky tuesday as venus passed in front of the sun in silhouette. it is an event that will not happen again for 105 years. now a heartwarming story from columbus, ohio that proves coming in last can make somebody a winner. it was a show of sportsmanship extending beyond a track meet. it was a great day for megan vogel, although she came in last on the last race of the day. >> i was moved by what she had done. >> the first girl from west liberty high school to win a state track title in more than 20 years. >> to be able to achieve something you worked all your
life for. >> what most people will remember won't be that win, but megan's final race of the day. after winning the 1600 meters, she ran the 3200. she noticed the runner in front of her falling on the last lap. >> she was 50 meters in front of me and i saw her fall. >> lge carried the runner across the finish line ahead of vogel herself. >> i didn't think twice about it. i knew i was going to pick her up and help her out. if you worked to get to the state meet, you deserved to finish no matter who you are. i was going to make that happen. i knew anyone on the field would do the same for me. i would do that for arden. >> megan vogel will be a senior. arden will be a junior. they may end up competing again. a high-flying daredevil has
soared into the record books. it took the russian six days to climb the mountain and 60 seconds to come down at more than 120 miles per hour. let's go outside with the check of the weather with stephanie. >> we have trista joining us traveling 1,200 miles by plane, but going home by car? >> yes. we want to see the united states of america. >> what are you excited to see? >> washington d.c. >> if you are doing one of the cross country trips today, you need the air conditioning through the center of the country where it will be warm. otherwise, maybe a heater in some places into the northwest. the good wednesday morning to
you. taking a live look. it is choppy on the bay. winds are picking up. they will play a factor today. we will warm up as we head throughout the day today. our strongest wind speed is 11 miles per hour. 74 degrees there. 70 in fremont. by tomorrow, the 80s return. as we head through the weekend, closer to 90 by sunday. >> natalie, over to you. >> stephanie, thanks. now to "jill's steals & deals." the latest and greatest items at deeply discounted prices, exclusively for you our "today" viewers. jill martin is here once again with the best offers of the day. good morning. >> happy 21st birthday. >> 29. stretch it a little bit. thank you. >> a lot of gifts for you here today. >> perfect. let's talk first about reminding people how this works again. those who are new to it will
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>> one of your birthday gifts with the "n." the retail $189. 100% egyptian cotton. each set includes one bath towel. one hand towel. and one wash cloth. now the bath towel and hand towel are personalized with a single letter of your choice in gold or black. see how pretty that is and they come in this set with the ribbon and the box. >> beautiful. >> the retail $189. the deal $49. that's 74% off. i love this deal. >> okay now every time we have -- >> they obviously -- they -- shuts down the web. >> people go berserk. >> this even looks tempting. this is for father's day. >> omaha steaks, father's day package. the retail $156. now i'm going to run this down, we always do this together. two eight ounce rib eyes, two eight ounce top sirloins, four three ounce gourmet franks. four four ounce steak burgers, four cheese hash browns, four
caramel apple tartlets. the retail $156. the deal, $39.99. that's 74% off. and ali our costylist said this is for a feast of ten. >> truly is. great, great gift for your daddy. okay over here now, jewelry, and another great look. these are so in the enamel bracelets. >> i'm wearing them right now. the enamel bangle set. retail $78, set of three. each made of enamel, zinc alloy and 14 karat gold plating with bamboo detailing. six colors, retail $78. the deal $18. that's 77% off. >> stack them up. they look even better. >> and the little pouch. very cute gift, as well. >> and then finally. for the home, we have some place mats. you can see they come in all these various colors and different patterns. lots of choices. they look like they're reversible. >> and great for summer. this is just a really good gift or just for your home.
retail $60. 20 of the most popular place mats in a variety of patterns and colors. set of four and they're made in the u.s., which we love. retail $60. the deal $18 for four. that's 70% off. >> great. place mats can be so expensive. >> for your birthday party tonight. >> very good jill martin. thanks for taking care of all of us. >> appreciate it. >> and again, products are the billion dollar brows kit. the luxor linens three piece towels. the omaha steaks package. the tmj design bangles. and the place mats, and as an added bonus this week we have a secret, web-only deal for viewers who are fans of the "today" show facebook page. just logon to find out about our sixth deal and get the coupon codes for all of our "steals & deals" at today.com. coming up next, turning 40, apparently, everything i need to know, or so i'm told. and then a little bit later last-minute father's day get aways after these messages. [ female announcer ] the best way to predict the future...
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well, as you all know our very own natalie morales turns the big 4-0 today. >> mm-hmm. >> happy birthday, natalie. and since tamron and i hit that milestone a year -- well six months for me, tamron -- >> i'm 41. >> okay, right on. we have got a few 40-something experts to help us usher natalie into this wonderful decade. >> yes. dr. jennifer ashton is a women's health specialist and author of "your body beautiful." the emmy nominated most of top chef and award winning author will tell us how to eat and stay slim at 40 and r.j. allen is a therapist and dr. of clinical training at drexel university.
>> good morning. >> savannah perfectly pointed out 40 is the new 40. forget that whole comparison to the 20s. we're done with that, right? but i don't think, i mean, there is some bad news, right, turning 40. i think a lot of women look at it as you hit a mile stone, it's a major life-changing moment. is it really though? >> it's not. but the bad news is the obvious news. your metabolism slows down. your skin isn't what it used to be. doesn't bounce back. >> your skin is what it always used to be. >> it's not. and also like if you have a late night, never mind you don't even have to drink at all, it takes longer to recover. and i think -- >> the era of the two-day hangover. >> one hour of fun costs like two days of recovery now. and that is, you know, but once you know that, you can go to just sort of give yourself a break and you just have to plan ahead. you have to plan your fun, and the recovery. >> dr. ashton healthwise, are
there health concerns of things we have to start watching that we didn't before 40? >> the key is you should really start those things even earlier. it's not that anything magical happens today. rather than a big celebration. but as padma was saying, yes, you have to pay the piper a little more after 40. that doesn't mean you can't look better, be healthier, be more fit. it just means you put in more time and more effort to do so. >> and what about illnesses? i know when i had my first mammogram, that was a big experience. when i turned 40. what other things should we be on the lookout for? >> do things in the decade of the 40s are heart disease, skin health, and oral health, believe it or not. and of course mental health, which you know, we'll hit on a little bit. but i mean that's just because statistically, this is the age in which, yes, those things start to hit women in their 40s. but again it's not a foregone conclusion. it just means you need to be a little more pro-active. so screening for cancers, yes, important. but taking care of your skin, you should get a skin check every year when you're 40 but you should be taking care of
your skin before then so you can look even better. >> the thing is to always be preventive care rather than curative. >> right. >> i'm a cofunder of the efa and many women don't know they have end meet row sis because they're asymptomatic until they try and have children. and if you've never explored your fertility until you actually want to be fertile, sometimes it's too late. and one of the things that we advise is to get regular checkups. you know, of all parts of your body. >> head to toe. >> yes. >> got to get your family therapist. >> let's talk about relationships, as well. i'm happily married. but for those who don't have partners or spouses right now, it can be a tough time when you're turn 40g and you're like looking around saying, what do i do? >> yeah, it can be. but we're talking about preventive care and mental health is really important, too. you don't start that at 40 you start that as you're moving toward that process. and think about all the wonderful relationships that you're in. it's not about what you don't have. it's what you do have. and relationships change, too.
>> they all change. even our friendships change. and so we need to be looking at what is it that we want at 40? what should we do in our 30s and how are we going to your ir ourselves into our 40s gracefully. >> do we want sex anymore at 40? i had to ask the question. >> that was yours, girl. >> i'll gladly take it, natalie. >> she wanted to know -- >> we'll say anything on television. >> it's mental as well as physical. >> right. we have a sex drive. the reality is we're more confident about our sexuality in our 40s and we need to be able to use our voices to express that. so it's no longer that we need to fake orgasms or need to not be satisfied. we're more comfortable. >> i break into a sweat when you say that. >> and the other thing is, because as a gynecologist, you know, this is a conversation i have daily in my practice, it's not again an assumption that at
40 everything goes downhill. as she was saying, you know what you want, you're more confident, more mature, more experienced individuals, and in terms of your sex, just like everything else, it's not expected to stay the same throughout every decade in your life. and now, you know, a lot of us who have had have children we don't have to worry about that anymore. if you haven't had children maybe you're about to have the best sex of your life trying to get one. >> -- last week because natalie has the two most adorable boys i've ever seen. we have no kids and some people at 40 are thinking well gosh, could i still have a baby if i wanted? and others are thinking -- >> you better -- >> the one biggest thing you should do, and not by the time you're 40, by the time you're 30 or 35, if you can afford it, whether you know you want to have kids or not, i always say it's better to be safe than sorry, freeze your eggs. this is something i wish somebody had told me at 30. because you never know what life is going to bring you. and if you can afford it you have the means to do it, explore
freezing your eggs. it's just buying yourself a little extra time, and a little -- >> and the technology does exist today. >> and it exists. one of the other things about feeling good inside and out is exercise. you know the doctor here talked about you don't want to be the same in every decade. not the same exercise is going to work for you. when i was 30, i had a female writer who was a little bit older than 40 who taught me about boxing. she gave me a free boxing lesson and i had never done it before. it was the best thing that happened to me. both mentally and physically. and it gave me a confidence i had never had before. >> 20 seconds left. on fashion, can we just get through? what are things you should throw out of your closet? >> short shorts. >> yeah. >> shorts and little short tank tops. >> or anything that your child is wearing. >> natalie, that's my entire closet. >> a lot of space in the closet now. >> all right. >> absolutely.
>> do this more often. >> happy birthday. >> thank you. >> dr. ashton, padma lakshmi, and thank you so much. >> you know at 40 you lose your voice. >> everything falls apart. >> we're going to do fashion for 40 somethings. the hottest styles. but first these messages. [ male announcer ] today a mom will see her doctor. a dad will get a screening. ♪ a little one will get a vaccine. and a teen will talk with the doc. ♪ right now, millions of americans are using their preventive benefits from the health care law. you can, too. not just because there may be no insurance copays or out-of-pocket costs. but because of all those tomorrows you want to see. use your benefits today. learn more at healthcare.gov. [ male announcer ] kellogg's® mini-wheats cereal has 8 layers of whole grain fiber... so they stick with you. ♪ 45 bushels of wheat on the farm. 45 bushels of wheat! ♪
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outcome. they claim the city did not negotiate in good faith with the union leaders. union leaders now vowing to take this issue to court. voters in san mateo county have voted on three tax measures. measure u, which would have raised the county's hotel tax from 10% to 12% was defeated. measure x would impose a commercial tax and then measure t with a 2.5% tax on car rentals. voters voted that down by a margin of 100 votes. we will have a look at weather and traffic coming up right after this break.
redwood city at 77 degrees. as we head through tomorrow, 80s return inland. we get a touch warmer for thursday. friday, cooling off and warming back up into the mid-80s as we head into sunday. we have a couple of incidents. 280 southbound, a disabled vehicle causing delays at the gaud guadalupe parkway. back to you, jon. >> christina working hard for her money. thank you very much. another local update in one half hour.
♪ he debuted at the top of the charts at the age of 16 and chris brown has earned 11 grammy nominations. he is out with a new album and rocking the plaza live on "today." it will be a huge crowd out there. a week from friday, june 15th, justin bieber will take over our concert stage. two weeks in a row. you girls are set with the dance. >> did you say something? we were just dancing over here. >> inside studio 1 a, i'm natalie morales along with
tamron hall. great deals for dad. >> maybe your dad would love to lounge at the beach or play golf. we have great last-minute father's day trips. and being 40 and looking fabulous. >> she's a young one. >> with hot styles for all 40-somethings from the sexy date night to the business chic. we will head to the kitchen with a lesson in cooking with shrimp. we have a special show this friday. star jones and donny deutch will talk about what is new. they will give someone a complete lifestyle makeover friday on "today." >> that sounds good. let's get a check of the
weather. i don't care what age you are. you look amazing. i can eat cake now. let's have a look at the weather as we head throughout the day. unsettled into the northeast and in the northwest. that heat still sticks in you need fair conditions to fly a blimp in the bay area. that is what we have for you at this point. beautiful clear start to the day. gorgeous day. warming up as we head through the afternoon. right now, we are in the 60s in sunnyvale. we round out the day in the 70s and 80s. 77 in san jose. up to 80 degrees tomorrow. don't forget, you can catch the giants and rangers here on friday. >> is it time to cut >> is t it time to cut the cake yet? >> let's make it official. we have to eat it.
nat, how do you really feel about 40? >> you know what? it's another day. i think a lot of us choose to live our lives -- 30, i made an effort to jump start health and fitness and all of that. i think it's just another day. it is great to share it with great friends and family. >> and chocolate cake. >> you can't have enough of that. what about you guys? any advice? >> forget about it. >> it's just a number. age is just a number. >> exactly. >> it is important to enjoy the company of the people you are around and embrace the moments. we're the fiber of all our friends. >> can you learn to cut cake faster? >> the next 40 years, can you cut the cake better? we will do father's day get aways and affordable options for you. 3 o'clock. my daily meeting with a salty snack. and then at 3:15 with my guilt. [ female announcer ] special k cracker chips. 27 crispy chips. 110 delicious calories.
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>> we have a chateau in whist whistler. >> you get to stay there and have unlimited golf. if mom and dad want to play golf and two kids want to join them, you can go on the 18-hole golf course. you can see deer crossing and bear crossing while you are putting through. there is a cool activity they have there. this hotel is on the base of the mountain. they have a very cool gondola ride. it is almost two miles across to whistler mountain. it is a great thing for dads who love altitude. >> the next one is the city. gild hall in new york city.
>> this is in downtown new york city. for $235 a night, you get to stay at the hotel and they are throwing in a tour of the city in a water taxi. you get to see the statue of liberty and empire state building and brooklyn bridge. i recommend, you have such a great location to see so many fantastic things, including the 9/11 memorial. walk across the brooklyn bridge and you can go on the amazing carousel that has been renova d renovated. it is great and only in new york city. >> all right. vegas. this is lake las vegas resort. it is not on the strip. >> what i love about the westin hotel, you get to get the best of both worlds. dad with get a free 30-minute shuttle ride to the strip. for father's day weekend, it is a great deal for the hotel at $139 a night. they are throwing in saturday
and sunday and you can paddle board. he maybe gets a six pack and mom is happy too. >> you have the jamaica inn. >> it is such a beautiful property. i cannot believe the value they are offering. not do you get to stay at the hotel and the private patio, there is no tv or no radio. no kids under 12. this is a great thing for parents who call the grandparents and ask to watch the kids. >> tell us about new orleans. this is the hyatt? >> the hyatt regency opened in downtown new orleans. you will be able to have access to the value. i love the crescent city is a great place to go out to eat and music. john bashu is the award-winning chef who has a restaurant. he has put together a package for fathers. you get to stay at the hotel and
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are there some general guidelines? we talk about maybe miniskirt. you might want to think twice about putting one on. >> one of the best things about turning 40 and certainly getting older is you can wear clothes with confidence and conviction. the reason why is you know what to do. you know what colors work for you. you know what cuts work for you. and it doesn't mean that you have to avoid trends. you can certainly embrace trends. but you know how to play up your best assets at this point. >> what you got. >> all right let's get started. we've got the at-work outfit, first. for this we're going to show you beautiful rachel here. and this is a little bit more of the casual office environment. i would imagine. >> sure. >> very professional. >> this is a nice option to a more conventional suit. and the idea here is that the military trend continues to be very, very strong, and so this is a nice way to wear a trend, but still project polish. and we've done that with a fitted jacket, nice construction. you want to look for good quality. this is from the gap, $80 and we've added additional polish with a great belt that has nice hardware. and instead of pairing this with
a black skirt which you certainly could do for the summer we love the idea of a chic, khaki skirt that's got a pencil cut which is flattering for all figures. >> i love the contrast of the coral with the army green. >> absolutely. >> always a great combination. >> nice way to add a pop of color. >> and putting the belt around the waist really accentuates her waist, as well. >> yes, exactly. >> all right you look great. thanks so much, rachel. let's go now out to date night, shall we? and here's a little bit of more a more unexpected look and we have model kim with us. showing us this look. >> so printed pants. you might think too trendy or youthful. we're here to show you you can wear a look that's bold and graphic and make it work for you. the way you want to do this is with a tailored pair of pants, for example, and a nice, elevated fabric. this is a more formal, silky pant. it projects elegance. and then we've certainly paired it with a top, a blouse, also drapey and projects elegance. and the white top doesn't compete with the pants.
so it's not overwhelming from head to toe. >> just eyeing those shoes because they're beautiful. kind of draws the whole look together, as well. >> exactly. it's not an outrageous shoe it doesn't compete with the pants. >> you look beautiful. thank you very much. kicking back on the weekend you can get a little bit more casual, have a little bit more fun. let's bring it tallia sporting our weekend outfit look. >> you know, i love a tunic. at in style we're big fans of tunics. this is an ageless piece of clothing. >> flatters everyone. >> it's bright, it's bold. and because it's an unconstructed cut it works well in the summer. you want to make sure that you wear slim cut on the bottom. if you were 20 you could wear this with a miniskirt or short shorts. as you get older you can still retain that idea of a thin silhouette by wearing it with a great pair of jeans from kohl's that are capri and forgiving. >> nice wedges and the bag that go along, as well. you look great.
okay and then finally, a look for our special occasion. perhaps celebrating a big dearth birthday. maybe one of those special occasions. we have rebecca to show us this beautiful look. that's a great dress. >> it's a beautiful introduce from lord & taylor. this is an unexpected option. you might -- you're going out to a party, celebrate your birthday. you might reach for a little black dress. this is a nice alternative to that that's equally as festive and certainly as sophisticated. if you're worried about wearing a graphic print, it might be too much, pig one in a neutral palette as we have here. we've got this great halter top. it has key hole design. >> very sexy. >> still sexy, that's right. >> you look great. ladies come out. one last time. i'll say isabel gonzalez whitaker, thanks so much. coming up next, easy to make shrimp and gazpacho portuguese style.
what's on the menu in "today's kitchen" this morning, easy to make shrimp and delicious gazpacho. in honor of national portuguese day we're celebrating. thank you both for joining. >> thank you. >> nice to be here. >> it smells delicious already. but help us understand what we're using food in celebration of. >> we're celebrating the national day that's coming up, and it's basically also highlighted in the fat that there's some portuguese chefs out there trying to bring a little light to our cuisine. >> all right. we're going to start first. george to the bat. >> we'll do george in a second. i'm making a little bit of kind of like a portuguese meat brazilian dish. >> it's called -- >> pitipiti shrimp. we make our own at the
restaurant. it does have a little bit of heat. a little bit of rice. simple way to make rice is saute onion and garlic and sweat it out until you get a nice translucent color. at which point we're going to add in about a cup to two cups of plain rice. >> plain white rice? >> the long grain rice. we're going to add a little bit, double the amount in chicken stock. all right. add it in. >> i got to tell you, you know, people think rice is an easy thing to make. i've been learning to cook lately. it's one of the hardest things. >> you've got to know when it's done when all the water evaporates and not al dente. you want it cooked all the way through. >> what about the stickiness of it? >> that all depends on the rice that you use. we're going to cover this up. >> okay. >> and then basically once the rice is done, which we have here, saute a little bit of butter in some olive oil. we're going to add a little bit of grill eed pineapple. some black beans. you can use fresh black beans or
canned, since it's easier for the home. this is the white rice once it's finished. nice and loose. not too sticky. we don't want it too sticky. and fresh cilantro. >> and you're putting it all in there. >> saute it up. and now we have a beautiful black bean and pineapple rice. this is south american shrimp. pink shrimp basically with head and tail on. >> is it sweeter? >> tends to be a little bit sweeter and fresher taste. >> all right. this is what you're getting here. >> george. >> so we've got some wonderful greens from the market, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, red bell peppers, parsley and garlic. we're going to mix all the ingredients in there. >> nice. >> making a tomato salad that's going to be marinated. >> before you even put it in the blender, it looks great. >> exactly. >> and then we're adding a lot
of portuguese olive oil. >> okay. >> and portuguese olive oil, is it nuttier, what do you like about it? >> this version is sweet. >> okay. >> very fruity. very low acidity. doesn't overpower. you really want the essence of the tomato to come through. >> okay. >> and then you've got some sherry vinegar. >> hmm. >> raspberry vinegar. and then some day-old bread. >> oh. i have a lot of that at my house. >> use it up. >> why do you like day-old bread? is it soaking up? >> adds a lot of texture. >> nice, nice. >> which is really important. >> and then -- >> the birthday girl is walking in. >> the birthday girl. >> everything goes with champagne. >> goes really well. >> marinate it overnight and this is what it looks like. >> oh. that goes into the blender. >> so you've marinated it overnight. but it in the blender. >> yeah, very important. that it sits overnight and develops that flavor. >> that's where the bread comes in. you've got that soaked in there. >> that goes to the blender. give it a quick whirl. like so.
and then what you have here -- the finished product. and then, this is a really sweet part, you use a garnish, more tomatoes, some strawberries and some cucumbers. >> beautiful. >> it smells amazing. >> very, very refreshing. >> perfect. >> favorite. >> and you could put it in glasses, mugs, plastic cups, walk around with it. >> really enjoy. >> i'm going -- >> thank you so much. >> cheers, natalie. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday, natalie. >> happy birthday. >> i have to run and get this entree.anki tkathlehee e. >> hoda and kath thee lee.
cigarettes. a tight poll before election day. with 100% of precincts reported, it has been defeated. he calls it a youth tax on cigarettes because only smokers would pay for it. >> this is going to pull more money out instead of the general fund or paying off the state pensions, which is huge as well. it will be directed to another special group that no one has guidance over. >> the money generated by prop 29 would have gone toward cancer research. let's check the forecast right now. here is christina loren. >> a beautiful day. look at the numbers. 66 degrees in sunnyvale. getting close to 60s in san francisco and oakland. winds will play a factor through the afternoon with the wind-prone areas at the coast. the higher elevation, 70 in
redwood city. 77 in san jose. comfortable conditions for tomorrow. the start of next week with 90s back on the temperature map in san jose. let's take you to traffic. we received word of an accident at sand hill road. partially blocking a lane. 280 is moving faster than 101. that is the highway of choice. let's take it to 880 where the northbound lanes are jammed near the coliseum. looking light at 9:58 this morning. that will lighten up in the next couple of hours. back to you. >> thank you very much. for the latest traffic and news updates, check out nbc news bay area on facebook. expect another news update in a half hour. practi and more.ss, sho so do something nice for it. chevron with techron. care for your car.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television so do something nice for it. from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and any day that'sines day, wednesday, is a good day. june 6th. exactly two weeks away from the first day of summer. you wouldn't really know it here in new york yet. it's still a little on the chilly side. it's going to warm up. hoda woman is in town. >> it was 55 degrees when i woke up this morning. layers. >> it was a little chilly last night for us, too. we braved it for our friend joy bauer. we were at her book party last night. >> a beautiful setting.
>> it was a little chilly. >> we look like grandmothers. >> i know. >> it was a beautiful hotel. from one side you could see the empire state building. from the other side you could see straight down to the world trade area. >> a beautiful evening. just a litt bit chilly. >> go back to that picture. that's joy, obviously, and that's her father. >> what a sweet man. there were a couple of families that were represented last night. do we have one of our illustrious -- our jim bell's family was there. >> j.b. and joy. brittany was shooting. she came with a video camera and wandered around the premises. it was great. she has a new book out. joy has a book out. she does her joy fit club stories in this book. compiles them with pictures and the back story. >> if you want some encouragement on how to, you know, change your life by losing the weight that's been defining
you -- uh-oh. >> were we drinking? that's weird. oh. >> i have no idea what's going on there. >> that's joy chatting it up with all of her people. >> it was a beautiful hotel. i've never been to it before. there's a party area right off that terrace. it's like having a fantastic apartment. >> i wish -- i know, i wanted to live there. >> magnificent. thank you, everybody, for your hospitality. >> this is the joy drink. a fitini because it only has 130 calories. >> gin. club soda. a lime. three quarters of it is good for you. the rest you're going to have to deal with. >> can we talk about mugs? we're very excited. we got new mugs. it's a good day when you get a new mug. so these are coffee mugs that they sell at the nbc experience store. >> let me show you the other
side. >> i like the cartoon better than the real. >> i like al roker's better. just kidding. >> they sell them at the nbc experience store across the street. >> apparently already sold out. imagine that. >> sorry. krou can order them online. we heard a rumor. >> you don't have to have the diet lipton tea you want. anything you want. this is america last time i looked. >> how about congratulations to miley cyrus. >> and her fiance, liam hemsworth. >> they're just children. >> they are. one out of every two ends up, no matter how old you are. we wish them the best. very much devoted to one another. really comfortable with each other. his career is about to explode. >> sure is. >> with the "hunger games" and everything. hers already did explode at the ripe old age of 12 when she started "hannah montana." they will have that in common. >> they met on the set of the last song in 2009.
they've known each other for several years. i think their first kiss was actually on screen. that's interesting. anyway, so there they are. >> the family is apparently thrilled. they feel like he's already been a part of the family for a while anyway. you know, i'm always -- i always personalize things when you hear stories like that. i have a 22-year-old son now. and an almost 19-year-old daughter. would i want cassie at this point -- would i want either one of them getting married? no. but, you know, are you going to support your child in the decisions you make? you raise them to make good choices. then you have to give them the freedom to make them. >> do what they're going to do. >> my dad used to say to me. sorry if i quote him so much. especially with father's day coming up so soon. you and i both were blessed to have unbelievable dads. my daddy used to say to me so many great things. but he said i love you too much to deny you the privilege of making mistakes. think about that. >> sure. >> that's what you learn the most from. i made a mistake with my first marriage. you did, too. >> i'm always getting thrown into the whole thing. you did, too.
anyway >> we have so much in common, hodi and i. >> we do. >> all right. >> we have news about sheryl crow, and we don't want you to be alarmed by this. she's saying everything's fine. before we tell you this, she found out she had a brain tumor that is benign, and she was -- i guess she was singing on stage and was forgetting the lyrics. >> she sang them thousands of times. at first, didn't she think -- >> she's 50. she joked. i'm 50, i'm going to forget things. she couldn't remember the words to "soak up the sun." an mri showed she had a benign brain tumor. she has no symptoms. she said, look, everything's fine. she's on tour, you know. she mentioned it randomly, she said, in an interview. it wasn't like she came out with a statement. >> because she has battled, courageously, breast cancer in the past, i think it makes it more of a news item. >> uh-huh. >> i like the way she handled her life through all of that, as well. >> always. >> she's fun.
and -- again, she doesn't let something define her. >> yeah. >> it's part of her life. she pushes through -- >> absolutely. >> and comes out stronger in the end. >> she almost surprised everyone's talking about it. that's the feeling you get. >> she has competition about that. >> what? >> do you know famous tan lady, tan mom? >> oh, no. >> a new picture has surfaced. please look at it -- >> closely. >> okay. there it is. >> it's not pervs gone wild. >> this one instead. >> now some people are wondering if this is an actual picture because it looks -- it looks -- first of all, her head looks huge. >> you think it was photo shopped? >> it -- it's very white, we're not used to seeing. then again, if this was taken 20 years ago ear so, her husband says it was, you know, everything was done with flash then. if your head is further in front of you than -- >> here's another. you can decide as you look at the pictures. anyway, basically this was her about 15 or 20 years ago. >> when she sizzled. >> stop it.
>> you got to love -- people have jobs to write the headlines. "tan mom sizzles. ". >> she says she's confident in how she looks. if you always looked like that, i can imagine as you get older you think, wow, i've got it going on. >> well, we're not going to speak for her. somebody we can speak for -- this is her 40th birthday. >> yes. >> she redefines 40. okay? >> and gorgeous. gorgeous. >> natalie morales, our dear, dear friend. >> turning 40. >> a lunch. >> didn't know it was coming. she was sick for a couple of days -- >> happy birthday to nat mo. one of these great, great people. >> we love her like crazy. if you were watching "america's got talent" last night, sometimes what you see is not what you get. some performers -- one performer was like goth to the max, make-up, the whole thing.
>> a loner, no friend. listen to that. >> let's listen, see what you thought. >> growing up, i was a huge man of marilyn manson and rob zombie. different rock stars. ♪ >> they became an escape for someone like me who felt that i was an outsider. growing up, i was alienated because i was never interested in athletics or what everybody else in my family was interested in. being on "america's got talent" is a huge step for someone like me who never sang in public before. never sang in even front of my family. >> my gosh. >> his eyes are like ice -- >> you can't concentrate on anything but those eyes. >> they're like headlights coming at you. >> okay. >> yeah, you would imagine -- >> oh! contact lenses. obviously. >> wow, you think? >> they better be, boy. >> he needs a lot more than a singing career. they're contacts. okay. >> so now -- >> honestly. he needs to see an eye doctor. >> that's what you saw, the man
steps up on stage. and this is what you got. >> take a listen. ♪ [ cheers ] >> wow. >> that's crazy. [ cheers ] >> wow! what do you think about that -- >> chills. >> yeah. >> again, the susan boyle moment where what you expect is not what you get. >> uh-huh. >> there's more -- >> i know. ♪ >> wow. >> is there like a big no confidence vote end? can we wait -- big note at the end? can we wait -- that's it. >> i wanted the big climactic note. can you imagine, his parents had never heard him sing before.
>> astonishing. >> it's so easy to judge people. who knows what he's been through in his life to make him feel so lonely and alienated. good for him. >> good for him. >> somebody who is not alienated but is hot in cleveland is our -- let's take a look. >> regis? >> i don't know, is pierre a little flirty? >> yeah, but it's okay. he's gay. [ laughter ] >> elka, you sexy thing! [ cheers ] >> i want to snap you in two and suck out the middle. >> oh -- >> thank you, pierre. this is for you. >> put it in the bank, sweetheart. [ laughter ] >> and who is this beautiful creature, your sister? >> older sister. >> both of you, come out back and let's get you started. >> i don't know if i'm allowed to sit in the chair yet. you know, christopher.
>> girlfriend, please! [ laughter ] >> are you sure? >> absolutely sure. and as for you, if that fabulous tushie isn't in that chair in 20 seconds, it's going to be in my hand. [ applause ] >> it's okay. he's gay. >> yeah, got that. >> oh, my gosh. >> that is funny. >> we need to underscore that -- remember the whole thing, the genesis of regis being on. you were on here saying what's he going to do. retire. >> it was the day before he was retiring his own show. i said, reege, i've had a catharsis, i get it. i know what you need to do to continue your career. i just -- i just had done an episode. and i know that first of all the ladies are amazing. the writing is fantastic on that show. i thought he should have an affair with betty. so they -- they had a better idea. >> i love it. >> isn't it great? >> he was terrific. >> he was so good, going to be
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the hit musical "rock of ages" opened at stores on broadway three years ago. starting june 16th, you will have to come to new york city to enjoy it. >> that's because the show has been adapted into a feature film with an all-star cast include actress malin akerman. malin plays a "rolling stone" magazine reporter who gets under the skin of one washed up rock star played by tom cruise. take a look. >> you know, some people have
said that you've become quite difficult to work with. that you're constantly late. reclusive. sometimes even nonsensical. >> well, i ask you this. have these people even met themselves? >> well, i'm talking about your band. >> and she's here. good to be malin akerman these days. >> some days it is, yes. >> they wouldn't send us a clip that everybody's talking about in this. >> what are you talking about? >> you do have a little -- what should we say? encounter? >> an encounter with the tom cruise character. >> yes. >> of the french kind. >> yes. i think we go beyond french at this point. it's like martian kind. it's insane. basically, i mean, this scene i've come into interview him. she's a "rolling stones" reporter who walks in with a lot of intengrity and walks out wit
none. and half of her clothes. it was insane. it was actually a kiss that -- the one that you're talking about. >> we've heard about. >> later on, it's sort of like our -- we know this is true love. we're going to be together forever kind of moment. so he walks in and in the script it says it's the tonguiest tongue kiss of all times. how do you -- what are we going to do? he just goes, you guys, go at it. tom, if you've got to lick her eyeball, lick her eyeball. i was, like? oh, my god. it literally is for me a cringing moment. i saw it, i was like, i can't watch this. >> did you instinctively know how to do this? >> we know how to do this. we were pros. >> he's such a nice person, though, right? >> unbelievable. >> i'm sure he put you at ease about it before you started. >> it's so funny because it's tom cruise. we all know him. he's legendary. >> can you ever forget that? >> not really. but he walks in, instead of coming across as the star that
he is, he really is just one of your peers. he's going to be your co-worker. we end up working together. he's so generous. he's so present all the time. >> what was it like, you had a duet with him. so you two -- so he actually sang? >> he actually sang. he is unbelievable. is there anything this man can't do? he is an amazing singer. the vocal coach actually said, you know, if he wanted to he could be an opera singer. >> you're kidding me. >> i told him, you know, if the acting thing didn't work out. >> what a great cast you guys had on this, right? what was it like working with the group? >> unfortunately, i didn't have me scenes -- mostly tom and paul giammatti, who was incredible. i didn't get a chance to work with everyone. we sort of went in and out. i met everyone. they're all wonderful. adam shankman said it was a
blast to shoot. >> he was here with us yesterday. he's a kick. >> he's amazing. >> for people who've seen the broadway show, is this like that? does it take it to a different place? >> it is definitely a lot like it. although in the broadway show i do not remember stacy jax singing into the butt of the "rolling stones" reporter. which he does in our show. >> does he really? >> he does. >> you need acting school for this. >> shakespeare and all. >> you started out as a model. >> i did. >> a lot of models cannot make that emergence into the whole new world. what is it you think that gave you the ability to do it? besides your talent. >> oh, thank you. modeling was a great sort of side job. i was putting myself through university to become a child psychologist of all things. >> oh, sure. that's a good story. >> you know, making myself sound good here. but really. i was modeling winnie the pooh pajamas in sears catalogs.
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it is time to take a look at all those photos that make you stop and say "what the what?" >> once again, sara has flipped through your pictures in search of the most unbelievable photos. >> and another week of fun. our first photo is from sherlin rimer in largo, florida. we're so happy we pet our plants. >> what did you fuzz out is what i'd like to know. >> nothing. >> they left out an apostrophe. that's very upsetting. >> that is how the sign reads. i'm excited for spring, too. that's a bit much. our next photo, speaking of gardening, suzanne simmons from spokane, washington, submitted this photo. pot dealers. we had to clarify those are planting pots. just in case. >> plant lots of plants, if you know what i mean. >> of course they do. >> michelle dorch from marion, illinois, submitted this photo. this is a lovely sheet cake honoring the top 5% of students.
but it's not an academic banquet. it's an acadmic. clearly the person that wrote that wasn't part of the 5% that we're honoring today. >> you got that thing. come on. you lose track of what letter you're on. >> award winning top student thing. amy labest from mexico, maine. when is a mailbox ever out of order? they actually said it was because the cement was cracking around. they didn't want it to fall on anyone. they went ahead and just out of ordered it. >> one time i saw someone put a lipstick right in the mailbox. it was terrible. i was so horrified. but he looked crazy. i didn't say anything. >> that's all right. she's divorced now. anyway. >> you can submit your photos. maybe it'll be on our show. >> go to klgandhoda.com. let us know. ahead, a wedding edition of "who knew?" >> clear out the clutter.
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welcome back. 10:29. temperatures are warming up nicely in sunnyvale. we are at 61 degrees in san mateo. winds are picking up. gusty winds in excess of 35 miles per hour throughout the day today. we do have a major heat wave on the way. that's the big story in the weather department. 78 degrees in los gatos. 77 in san jose. 80 degrees by thursday. there is the major warm up by sunday. back to you, marla. thank you. coming up at 11:00, a promising life cut short. how his family is remembering
him today. the news at 11:00 starts in 30 minutes. jon kelley and i will see you soon. we are back on this winesday, wednesday, with more of "today" ready to play our weekly trivia game we call "who knew?" between miley cyrus's wedding engagement today and the wedding season in full swing, we're going to test your knowledge of everything wedding rerelated. kathie lee is across the street at the nbc experience store wearing a veil. ready to hand out $100 to those who get the question right. to those who don't, they get her cd. carly ronie is editor in chief of theknot.com. >> wedding central here. >> beautiful lady from texas, why are engagement rings worn on the fourth finger of the left hand? because most people are right-handed, because it was once thought that a vein in that
finger leads directly to the heart, because ancient priests declared that finger the holiest, or none of the above. >> i would say "b." >> you would be right. >> wow. terrific answer. all right. so it leads right to the heart, huh? >> it leads right to the heart. this is ancient mythology, obviously. but it has stuck with us. there we all are. actually, in some countries it's different. on the other side. we stick with it. yeah. that way you can recognize in bars if you're going the wrong way. >> no kidding. back across to kath. >> this lady is from annapolis, maryland, where my daddy was born. mom still lives. which famous celebrity couple spent $900,000 to fly their guests to their destination wedding? victoria and david beckham, tom cruise and katie holmes, brad pitt and jennifer aniston? >> i'm going to say "b." >> yes.
it was in rome. they flew all their guests in. mostly because they wanted to make the travel arrangements themselves and keep everything a big secret and control it all. yes. they flew them all in. one of the most extraordinary weddings of all time. created a huge trend. now everybody wants to get married in italy. >> back across to kath. >> lovely lady from georgia. why is it customary for all of the bridesmaids to wear the same dress? confuse evil spirits with, make sure not the steal the attention from the brad, match the table linens, none of the above. >> how about "b"? >> no reason to turn on the woman. but you are wrong. >> all right. she chose this answer, which is to make sure not the steal the attention from the bride. which actually makes sense but is not the correct answer. >> okay. here's what's interesting about it. used to be that all the braids maids dressed in white. then you could understand how that all works. actually this is also where the three times the bridesmaid, never a bride came in. if you were a bridesmaid three times and collecting all those
evil spirits, you were never going to become a bride. also to her point, everyone didn't want that attention to be stolen from them. they switched it to bright colors. it's kind of a combination. >> often unattractive dresses. >> next lady is from toronto. which of the following locations was not among the top ten most expensive places to get married in 2011. new york city, rhode island, south florida or hawaii? >> rhode island? >> wouldn't you think? but no. >> i would have thought that, too. this is surprising to me. >> she wanted my cd. stop it. >> she did? the correct answer is hawaii. >> in fact, we do this amazing survey at the knot all across america. people have big weddings in newport. it's actually hawaii that was 14th on the list, hawaii was. they didn't make it into the top ten. >> anything with travel, that makes it even pricier. >> there you go. >> back across to kath. >> young lady from houston, why
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time for more of our special series, how to make money at home. how to throw a successful tag sale. >> as the weather heats up and before summer vacation hits, it's prime time to pull out all that stuff you don't have any use for anymore and get some money out of it. >> "better homes & gardens" magazine's amy panose is here. >> a great way to kick off a tag sale. who would have thought food and drink? >> customers are always a little happier if you give them something to snack and nibble when they come to your sale. >> in life that's true. >> a little sangria. >> this is a virgin one but we
can pretend. >> we don't pretend around here. we don't believe in faking it. >> it's about setting up the sale like your favorite retail store. >> making people at home. >> right. >> often you look at an item. sometimes there's a tag that has a price on it. you think put more stuff on there. not yus the price. >> i do. exactly. the tag should include everything from how big it is to the price to a little sale line about why somebody should buy it. three great ideas for getting your tag sale organized. in is a rolling garment rack. $20 from the container store. it does an awesome job of displaying all the clothes for the sale. >> hot pink baby doll sun dress, $10, size 4. >> get specific. do the work for the customer. a drying rack is a fantastic way to display anything fabric. >> dish towel. never been used. >> exactly. dish towels. table cloths. things like that. >> when it comes to pricing items, i would never know how much you should ask for a dish towel or, you know. >> you should be lower than you think you might need to be. take the retail price.
start about 25% of that. you want the stuff to move. >> the whole point is to get rid of it. >> the whole point is to get rid of it and save money on the side. >> should you haggle back and forth. >> people who come to a tag sale, it's fun for them to haggle. >> sometimes there's so much junk on the table you can't see anything. >> this is an awesome way to get organized. these are stacking shelves. i can display three times as much stuff stacked up here. >> they seem to be in the general family. >> this is my kitchen department. organize your sale in departments. kitchen stuff together. sporting goods together. your favorite store has things displayed very creatively. it's inspiring. grab craft paper on a table. write the name of the item. write the price. when something sells -- >> how clever! >> darn, i missed the toaster. >> jewelry hung up with little thumb tacks. so simple. >> you just have one price for all. >> exactly. if you have furniture, set up a little vignette.
>> like a little room. >> giving people ideas for how they might use it at home. a chair, lamp, books and a little vignette. >> you're trying to sell it all anyway. >> you think this is cute, come over to this table. >> i recognize that. >> you brought that in for us. a fantastic dining table set. i'm selling all these dishes, glasses, things like that. why not just put them all together in a little table people can shop from. it just looks fun and it's inspiring. a couple things to say about tags. oh, dear. this one's stuck down. >> they usually are. >> a big tag that's colorful. make it out of construction paper. just hole punch in the top. or there's ready made tags. you want to talk about pricing some of the stuff you guys brought? >> we want to talk about whatever you want to talk about. >> we have two things. kath, you have this deal. >> i brought that in. i found it in our garage. it's an old planter thing. >> you remember about what you paid for it? >> no. >> let's say you paid $50 for that. >> i'd say $10. i'd say $10. >> i'd give it to you, hoda woman.
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the box office is bursting with plenty of choices for you and your family this summer. which movies are actually suitable for your kids and what to those movie ratings really mean? >> fandango family film mom will tell us all about some of the most anticipated and parent approved films coming out this summer. nice to see you.
>> sometimes you see a pg-13. you wonder if that's going to be okay for my child. how do you know what's right? >> pg-13 is the enigma for parents. movies like "the avengers." you're like, that's fine. then you have "the dark knight." oh, my gosh, i can't believe i took my kid to see this movie. >> you've got to know your kid, first and foremost. >> exactly. it's very dicy. mpaa now tells you every single thing that's in it. read that. for instance, one of the trends this summer is smoking pot on camera. that's a pg-13 film. >> are you kidding? >> i didn't know that. >> they have changed. remember when "midnight cowboy" was an x-rated film? you weren't born. >> i don't know what you're talking about. we're going to get to a lot of the movies in a second. if people want to watch something at home, a lot of people can't afford to go out to the big screen, what do you think is a good one? >> can't take the whole family, yeah. >> i think these movies like "monsters, inc.," and more recent ones, everybody is aware of them. go back. "homeward bound."
>> i loved "home ward bound." is that the one where bruce willis was one of the voice of the dog? >> yeah. two dogs and a cat. sally fields was the cat. >> that movie is delicious. >> the dogs and cats talk with vsp. >> "madagascar 3." darling. the sequels are great. >> fandango did a poll asking which family films people are interested in seeing. "madagascar 3: europe's most wanted" is number one. >> it's the third in a trilogy. a lot of people think it tease best. >> another popular one returning, "ice age." the first one was great, too. >> we're on the fourth edition. "continental drifts." manny, diego, they wind up drifting away as continents become continents. keke palmer joins the cast. good for the kids. they love her. >> pixar can't go wrong in the next one you're talking about. home run after home run. >> people take it for granted now. pixar film is coming out.
of course we're going to go see it. >> they branded it with excellence. good for them. >> the first heroine in "brave." the animation is really sophisticated. a lot of parents are very excited about "brave." >> a red-headed one. yea! >> who does the voice of the princess? >> kelly macdonald. >> new name to me. >> "diary of a wimpy kid." the books are obviously huge. >> people underestimate these films. tweens love this book series. the movies are hilarious. ones the whole family can go to. greg's older brother is always terrorizing him in some way. he makes such horrible decisions. kids love it. >> lastly, "the odd life of timothy green." >> this is more for the parents. sometimes there's movies you go see with the kids. then there's movies for parents kids can come see. that's one of these.
this is about a couple who can't have kids. and so they take all of their hopes and dreams, put them in a box and bury it. move on. the next day the kid of their dreams appears. >> i'm going to love that. >> it's magical. like "field of dreams" for a childless couple. >> tara, thank you very much. lots up this summer. up next, tender, crispy crustaceans. a delicious way to make soft shell crabs in "today's kitchen." first this is "today" on nbc. t softshell
season. >> me, too. around mother's day is when they're really thriving. we just put them on the menu at the restaurant. >> how are we cooking these up? >> i'm going to make a bread crumb mixture using sour dough bread crumbs. lemon juice and zest to give it a little flavoror. parsley and salt. we'll mix that up real quick. i'm going to just lightly bread them. you don't want to dredge them too much in there. it'll take away the flavor of the crab. >> you want to taste the crab. >> you want to taste the crab. this way this will help. just give them a little crispiness. a little dip in the flour. you got to get them cleaned by your fishmonger. you don't want to take them home and have them running around in your house. >> you don't want to ask where they've been. >> no. put them in a little oil. this is sort of -- >> just olive oil? >> olive oil or vegetable oil. you want to start it off a little cooler than this. let it go. you don't want the crumbs to burn. if you start them off like a little low pan and it comes up to a sizzle, you can pop them
into a 425 degree oven for three or four minutes. it'll come out nice. >> for the herbiole, capers here. anchovies. garlic. we're going to make a mash here. >> i'm always amazed when chefs come on. because they still have their fingers. you know? it scares me to death. >> it's funny. one time you go like this. >> stop! >> we're going to mash this up to, like, a paste. we're going to mix this, put this into -- with some mayonnaise. taragon, parsley, thyme, chooiv, a little dill. shallots. mayonnaise. this is the herbiole. mix it up nice. make this an hour ahead, maybe the day before. >> chill it a little? >> chill it.
let the flavors marinate. >> flip that baby? >> one side. good for now. >> mm-hmm. >> here. we got the real thing going. we're okay. we have some asparagus that we browned. a little olive oil. add some vegetable stock and some butter. braise them in there. we're going to just plate this here. >> so pretty when they're long and skinny like that. >> they're really wonderful now. we've got a couple crabbies here. >> you never did turn it over. you cooked it all the way through on one side. >> then he put it in the oven on the other side. >> put it in the oven. after it comes out of the oven about one minute. >> you want it crispy. you want it a little crispy. >> for sure. go in there. some roasted potatoes, too. >> rip it apart. >> we got a lot to move on here. >> delicious. awesome. delicious. tomorrow, jada pinkett smith